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Chase Elliott scores Daytona 500 pole

Chase Elliott scores Daytona 500 pole

Chase Elliott is on his way to emulating his famous father

Chase Elliott is on his way to emulating his famous father

Chase Elliott has quickly showed he was the right choice to replace the retired Jeff Gordon by becoming the youngest ever pole winner for the famed Daytona 500.

The son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, the 20-year-old took the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to the top spot in the second round of qualifying to back-up Gordon’s effort from last year.

Bill Elliott took three pole positions in the Daytona 500, with Chase setting an impressive lap of 315.9367km/h (196.314MPH) around the 2.5-mile superspeedway to share the front row with Matt Kenseth.

“This is a very, very cool day,” said Elliott.

“I don’t know that this opportunity has sunk in yet, much less sitting on the pole for the Daytona 500. I think the big thing is just the team and the Daytona 500 qualifying is about the team guys and the effort they put into these cars and it’s nothing special I did, it’s really what kind of work they did this off-season to make it happen.”

Although today’s qualifying has been run, only the front row is set with a total of 44 cars fighting for the 40 starting spots.

Positions 3-40 will be determined in Thursday night’s Can-Am Duel qualifying races at Daytona.

In the 40-car field, the 36 teams with NASCAR Charters are all guaranteed starting spots. There are eight non-charter teams or “Open” entries.

Among the Open drivers, Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto were fastest in qualifying on Sunday, which guarantees them starting spots in the Daytona 500.

Blaney is driving for the Wood Brothers; the oldest team in NASCAR. The Wood Brothers were not offered a Charter by NASCAR, as they have not raced fulltime in recent years. Despite a fulltime commitment in 2016 from the team, Blaney will need to qualify on speed throughout the season.

The highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race will also make the 500 field. In each of the Can-Am Duels, the fields will consist of 18 Charter teams and four Open teams.

Drivers with work to do in those races will be Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Martin Truex Jr. The Stewart-Haas duo of Harvick and Vickers did not have their respective track bars in compliance with the Sprint Cup Series Rule Book, according to NASCAR officials.

The qualifying times for both cars were disallowed, and both will start their respective Can-Am Duel races from the rear of the field.

Additionally, NASCAR ruled that the roof flaps on the No. 78 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. was not in compliance with the prescribed specifications of the rule book. The No. 78 did not qualify and will also start its duel race from the rear of the field.

VIDEO: Chase Elliott speaks after scoring pole for the Dayton 500

 

QAULIFYING: Daytona 500 – Daytona International Speedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME
1 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 196.314 45.845
2 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 196.036 45.910
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 195.682 45.993
4 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s 75 195.207 46.105
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal 195.118 46.126
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 194.839 46.192
7 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 194.746 46.214
8 3 Austin Dillon Dow 194.675 46.231
9 19 Carl Edwards Arris 194.662 46.234
10 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express 194.523 46.267
11 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy 194.510 46.270
12 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 194.460 46.282
13 13 Casey Mears GEICO 194.250 46.332
14 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 194.104 46.367
15 31 Ryan Newman CAT 194.099 46.368
16 27 Paul Menard Peak Antifreeze / Menards 193.936 46.407
17 95 Ty Dillon Cheerios 193.936 46.407
18 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 193.878 46.421
19 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 193.753 46.451
20 16 Greg Biffle KFC Nashville Hot 193.665 46.472
21 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s/Cessna 193.399 46.536
22 44 Brian Scott Albertsons Co. / Shore Lodge 193.332 46.552
23 42 Kyle Larson Target 192.938 46.647
24 93 Matt DiBenedetto Dustless Blasting 192.686 46.708
25 59 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial / K-LOVE Radio 192.604 46.728
26 7 Regan Smith Nikko RC / Golden Corral 192.542 46.743
27 83 Michael Waltrip Maxwell House 192.406 46.776
28 34 Chris Buescher Love’s Travel Stops 192.365 46.786
29 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery 192.291 46.804
30 32 Bobby Labonte Can – Am 191.808 46.922
31 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Scott Products 191.583 46.977
32 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare 191.436 47.013
33 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 191.302 47.046
34 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 191.249 47.059
35 38 Landon Cassill Florida Lottery 191.192 47.073
36 26 Robert Richardson Stalk It 190.496 47.245
37 98 Cole Whitt TBA 190.375 47.275
38 35 David Gilliland TBA 189.350 47.531
39 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper 189.068 47.602
40 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Cont. Inc 187.282 48.056
41 40 Reed Sorenson CRC Brakleen 181.163 49.679
42 78 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 0.000 0.000
43 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s 0.000 0.000
44 14 Brian Vickers Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 0.000 0.000

 

CAN-AM DUEL 1 LINEUP
POSITION CAR DRIVER TEAM
1. 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
2. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
3. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing
4. 21* Ryan Blaney* Wood Brothers Racing
5. 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
6. 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
7. 22 Joey Logano Team Penske
8. 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports
9. 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing
10. 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske
11. 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing
12. 44 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports
13. 59* Michael McDowell* Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing
14. 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing
15. 34 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports
16. 32 Bobby Labonte Go Green Racing
17. 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing
18. 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports
19. 98* Cole Whitt* Premium Motorsports
20. 23 David Ragan BK Racing
21. 30* Josh Wise* The Motorsports Group
22. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing

 

CAN-AM DUEL 2 LINEUP
POSITION CAR DRIVER TEAM
1. 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
2. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
3. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
4. 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing
5. 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
6. 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing
7. 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing
8. 95 Ty Dillon Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing
9. 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports
10. 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing
11. 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
12. 93* Matt DiBenedetto* BK Racing
13. 83 Michael Waltrip BK Racing
14. 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing
15. 47 AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing
16. 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports
17. 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports
18. 26* Robert Richardson Jr.* BK Racing
19. 35* David Gilliland* Front Row Motorsports
20. 40* Reed Sorenson* Hillman Smith Motorsports
21. 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
22. 14 Brian Vickers Stewart-Haas Racing

* Denotes Open, non-Charter teams

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