DARLINGTON, S.C. - Get all your “Days of Thunder” references ready with William Byron starting on the pole in car that harkens back to that movie and one raced by Tom Cruise’s character, Cole Trickle.
Byron became only the third driver to win the pole for the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 and Southern 500 in the same season, joining Fireball Roberts (1962) and Bill Elliott (1985).
Byron will be on the front row with Brad Keselowski, who won this race last year. Kyle Larson starts third and Kurt Busch will join him in the second row.
Kyle Busch will start at the rear after his team made an engine change.