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.”
This is the seventh time Hendrick Motorsports has swept the front row for “The Great American Race!” pic.twitter.com/bRgmAeVnKS
— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) February 11, 2021
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.
The qualifying duels are set to run Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. ET and will air on FS1.
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