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Alex Bowman earns Daytona 500 pole; Johnson and Pastrana lock in

HMS driver Alex Bowman, who announced a three-year contract extension earlier Wednesday, posted the fastest lap of qualifying in the final round (181.686 mph) to claim the pole for Sunday’s 500. Joining him on the front row will be teammate Kyle Larson, who ended up second-fastest (181.057 mph). Bowman has now started on the front row

Alex Bowman earns Daytona 500 pole; Johnson and Pastrana lock in

HMS driver Alex Bowman, who introduced a three-year contract extension earlier Wednesday, posted the quickest lap of qualifying within the ultimate spherical (181.686 mph) to assert the pole for Sunday’s 500.

Becoming a member of him on the entrance row might be teammate Kyle Larson, who ended up second-fastest (181.057 mph).

Bowman has now began on the entrance row of the season-opener for a NASCAR file sixth consecutive time. He owns 4 profession poles, with three of them coming within the Daytona 500.

“That’s the trick, proper?” Bowman stated when requested how he’ll switch his entrance row begin over to a victory. “We clearly haven’t been in a position to do this the final 5 years. We’ll attempt to make the correct selections in transferring all the things over to race trim for Sunday the most effective we are able to.

“I’m simply so happy with Hendrick Motorsports, the engine store, all the fellows. This Ally Camaro is clearly very quick. I don’t have rather a lot to do with qualifying right here – simply lucky to qualify some actually quick race automobiles.”

Each Larson and Bowman acquired telephone calls from group proprietor Rick Hendrick following the conclusion of qualifying.

“He’s clearly actually excited. It’s a giant deal for him and all people at Hendrick Motorsports and the engine store,” Larson stated. “Actually cool for the No. 48 group – that’s superior.

“Congrats to Alex. He’s acquired rather a lot longer legs than me so he can push the gasoline down additional.”

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Fellow Hendrick teammate William Byron ended up third, Aric Almirola was fourth and reigning collection champion Joey Logano rounded out the top-five.

Finishing the top-10 have been Chase Briscoe, Ryan Blaney, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton and Kyle Busch.

Solely Bowman and Larson’s beginning positions are locked in for Sunday. The remaining lineup might be set by the outcomes of Thursday evening’s twin 150-mile qualifying races.

Bowman’s pole can be the ninth consecutive Daytona 500 a group powered by a Hendrick engine has began on the pole and 10 of the final 11.

A Hendrick driver, nonetheless, hasn’t received the five hundred since 2014.

Kyle Busch’s pace within the ultimate spherical was disallowed as he ran under the double yellow traces on the backstretch.

Spherical 1

Bowman, who has began on the entrance row prior to now 5 500s, went out late within the order and bolted to the highest with a mean lap pace of 181.025 mph to guide the primary spherical.

Briscoe ended up second (180.473 mph) and Larson was third (180.469 mph). Logano and Almirola rounded out the top-five.

Additionally advancing to the ultimate spherical have been Busch, Byron, Cindic, Blaney and Burton.

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Fords claimed six spots within the Prime 10 whereas Toyota was locked out. The highest Toyota – Bubba Wallace – certified eleventh. The second-fastest Toyota was rookie Ty Gibbs, who was Nineteenth-fastest.

Amongst those that additionally did not advance have been Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick and Tyler Reddick.

By posting the highest two speeds among the many six unchartered automobiles, Jimmie Johnson and Travis Pastrana each locked themselves into the sector for Sunday’s 500.

Chandler Smith’s No. 13 Chevrolet, the primary automobile on the observe, stalled in Flip 1 as he took to the observe. He was allowed to deliver the automobile again to pit highway and made a second try however was the slowest of the automobiles that made a qualifying try.

The Cash Crew, with Conor Daly driving its No. 50 Chevrolet, didn’t make a qualifying try because it needed to repair {an electrical} challenge. Daly might nonetheless make the five hundred discipline by means of Thursday’s qualifying races.

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