Whereas Earnhardt rarely, if ever, concealed the might of the 3 -- even in qualifying races -- Dillon decided "alright, now it's time to go back there and play the patient game," he said.
Martin Truex Jr., driving for the underdog, one-car Furniture Row team, will start alongside Dillon.
Kenseth and Hamlin will start on the second row -- second and third, respectively.
Several major names will start toward the back of the 43-car field due to engine changes, wrecks, or, in the case of Harvick, technical infractions.
Defending 500 champion and six-time Cup titlist Jimmie Johnson will start 32nd after running out of gas and detonating a multicar pileup at the end of the second qualifying race. Brad Keselowski will start 33rd, Joey Logano 35th, Kyle Busch 37th and Harvick 38th.