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Park, Harvick share front row

The car is the same, but not the driver.

Steve Park put the No. 30 Chevrolet on the pole for Saturday's Pepsi 400 with a lap of 184.752 mph at Daytona International Speedway. In February, Jeff Green won the Daytona 500 pole in the same car.

In early May, the drivers switched rides, with Green taking over the No. 1 Chevrolet at Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Park moving to Richard Childress Racing after being released by DEI.

It will be an all-RCR front row with Kevin Harvick second in the No. 29 Chevrolet.

"We all know the story of how I lost one job and acquired another," Park said. "I haven't been this happy in a long time. Sitting on the pole at Daytona is like a dream come true. Being a small boy growing up in a racing family, you always wanted to win the Daytona 500 and sit on the pole at Daytona."

It is the second pole of the season for Park, who sustained a serious head injury during a Busch Series race in September 2001.

"I'm glad for Steve," Harvick said. "It's great for the whole organization. Jeff might not be too happy about it."

Green will start 34th in the 43-car field.

Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon was third, giving Chevrolet the top three spots and five of the top six. Sterling Marlin was fourth in a Dodge.

Race favorites Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip, teammates at DEI who have combined to win eight of the past 10 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega, qualified fifth and sixth, respectively.

WALTRIP NABBED: NASCAR confiscated the carburetor from defending Pepsi 400 winner Waltrip's No. 15 Chevrolet during Thursday's first inspection process. The sanctioning body will not announce a possible penalty _ monetary or points _ until early next week.

"I do not know what was wrong with it or what it means," said Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner attempting to win three consecutive races at Daytona. "I just know my team said that it would not make any difference in performance. I guess they were right. But NASCAR is real sensitive about these issues and we could get in trouble for it."

Waltrip is fifth in the standings, 372 points behind leader Matt Kenseth.

In February, Rusty Wallace's crew chief, Bill Wilburn, was fined $10,000 for using an illegal carburetor in a 125-mile qualifying race at Daytona. The team was not docked championship points because NASCAR officials said they did not want anyone to start the season with negative points.

BUSCH SERIES: Earnhardt won the pole for tonight's Winn-Dixie 250 with a lap of 186.308 mph in the No. 8 Chevrolet he co-owns with stepmother Teresa Earnhardt at Chance 2 Motorsports.

Junior nipped Kasey Kahne by .017 seconds.

Earnhardt, the 1998 and '99 Busch champion, won both races he entered in the series this season, the opener at Daytona in February and at Talladega in April.

SLOWPOKES: Kenseth used a provisional to start 37th. Among those who failed to qualify were Kerry Earnhardt, older half-brother of Dale Jr., and Petty Enterprises teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Shane Hmiel.

_ JOANNE KORTH

Pepsi 400

WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach.

TV/RADIO: Ch. 8; WQYK-AM 1010.

TRACK: 2.5-mile oval.

MILES/LAPS: 400/160.

2002 WINNER: Michael Waltrip.

SCHEDULE: Today _ Winston Cup practice, 4:30-5:15 p.m.; Winston Cup practice, 6:10-6:55 p.m.; Busch Winn-Dixie 250, 8 p.m. (TV: TNT) Saturday _ Pepsi 400, 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Call (386) 253-7223 or visit www.daytonaintlspeedway.com.

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