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Alex Bowman Wins Daytona 500 Pole, William Byron 2nd

Alex Bowman won the Daytona 500 pole Wednesday night, posting a lap speed of 191.261 mph.

This is his second career Daytona 500 pole. It’s also his fourth consecutive year on the front row, the first time in NASCAR Cup Series history. His teammate William Byron will start alongside him on the front row after notching a lap speed of 190.219 mph.

“It doesn’t really have a whole lot to do with me, right?” Bowman told FOX Sports after the session. “It’s a testament to these guys and everybody back at the shop at Hendrick Motorsports, they work so hard on these superspeedway cars. They’re beautiful when they get to the racetrack. Our Ally Camaro’s obviously been really fast since we unloaded and they focused a lot on trying to get the pole for the [Daytona] 500. It means a lot to us and obviously we were able to achieve that.”

Aric Almirola, Bubba Wallace and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. recorded the third-fifth fastest laps; their final starting positions won’t be official until Thursday’s qualifying duels are completed.

The two open cars that are locked into the race on speed are Ryan Preece, who went 189.135 mph, and David Ragan (188.561 mph).

Derrike Cope wasn’t able to get on track before time expired due to a battery issue, but he’s still locked in as a car with a charter.

Noah Gragson will need to race his way in during Thursday’s Duels after his No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevy failed inspection three times.

This was the first time a qualifying session was held in the Cup Series since last May.

Daytona 500 Qualifying Results

The qualifying duels are set to run Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. ET and will air on FS1.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Bill B

The way everyone was talking about the fastest car in practice I thought for sure the fix was on. Glad it wasn’t. An HMS car on the pole at Daytona…. business as usual.


Bowman took it upon himself to ignore orders letting that car win the pole. Kyle let that car lead the five toyotas in practice, but if I was that car I wouldn’t count on him giving you a thought all year.


i thought the same thing. especially when that car had the outside pole for a while.

hopefully i’ll remember thursday night to watch to see how that car races and where they finish.

interesting that the old guard of the 48/24 are on front row.

Bill B

Re the 24 and 48 on the front row… I know what you mean. The more that things change, the more they stay the same.

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