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NSCS: Paul Menard on Pole for Sprint Unlimited

Following a draw on Friday afternoon, Paul Menard will lead the field to the green flag for the Sprint Unlimited.

The non-points event marks the kick-off for the season, with a total of 75 laps in length split into two segments. The first segment will be 25 laps, with the second segment being 50 laps in length.

The eligible drivers include all 2014 pole winners, Chase drivers and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in the Sprint Cup Series. The remaining spots were billed by the drivers highest in the 2014 points standings that were not eligible. Some eligible drivers opted not to compete.

Kasey Kahne will start second, followed by Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.

The drivers got on to the track for a pair of practices to get themselves warmed up for the race on Saturday night.

The Sprint Unlimited is set to begin Saturday evening at 8:15 p.m. ET on FOX.

The complete starting lineup for the Sprint Unlimited:

1) #27-Paul Menard
2) #5-Kasey Kahne
3) #22-Joey Logano
4) #2-Brad Keselowski
5) #18-Kyle Busch
6) #3-Austin Dillon
7) #16-Greg Biffle
8) #4-Kevin Harvick
9) #11-Denny Hamlin
10) #78-Martin Truex Jr.
11) #24-Jeff Gordon
12) #31-Ryan Newman
13) #41-Kurt Busch
14) #19-Carl Edwards
15) #10-Danica Patrick
16) #20-Matt Kenseth
17) #48-Jimmie Johnson
18) #15-Clint Bowyer
19) #43-Aric Almirola
20) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
21) #1-Jamie McMurray
22) #14-Tony Stewart
23) #13-Casey Mears
24) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
25) #42-Kyle Larson

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