While 23-year-old Austin Dillon is only the fifth rookie in history to win the Daytona 500 pole, he has one thing in common with the four other top-five qualifiers for next Sunday’s race: His engine is powered by Champion spark plugs from Federal-Mogul Corporation.
Dillon, whose DOW Chevrolet returns the iconic No. 3 to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing for the first time since 2001, will be joined in the front row at Daytona by the Champion-powered No. 78 Chevrolet of Martin Truex Jr. Other top qualifiers who rely on Champion spark plugs are Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford, third), Carl Edwards (No. 99 Ford, fourth), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet, fifth), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford, ninth), and Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet, 10th).
“With each new generation of Sprint Cup drivers and vehicles, Champion spark plugs remain the standard of excellence for performance and durability,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment. “We are thrilled to be back on the Coors Lite Pole and confident that Champion-powered cars will have a great afternoon at Daytona.”