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Clint Bowyer wins pole for Daytona Nationwide Series race

Clint Bowyer takes the checkered flag to win the pole  for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Clint Bowyer takes the checkered flag to win the pole for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Clint Bowyer will start on the pole Saturday when the NASCAR Nationwide Series kicks off its 2011 season with the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona.

Bowyer unseated Landon Cassill for the top spot Friday with his late-session lap of 180.821 mph. Cassill will start on the outside of the front row after his speed of 180.600 mph bumped Danica Patrick (180.480) from the top spot.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (180.592), eventually took the No. 3 starting position, dropping Patrick to fourth.

Two drivers failed to qualify, Brett Rowe and Jennifer Jo Cobb. The race is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. ET.