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Alex Bowman Earns 3rd Daytona 500 Pole

With Hendrick Motorsports extending Alex Bowman‘s NASCAR Cup Series contract for three years, the 29-year-old rewarded the team by earning its eighth Daytona 500 pole in nine years.

Bowman’s No. 48 Chevrolet turned a lap of 49.536 seconds and 181.686 mph to secure his sixth consecutive front row start and third Daytona 500 pole.

The pole also gives Chevrolet its 11th-straight pole for the “Great American Race.”

Bowman will be joined on the front row by his teammate Kyle Larson. Larson, last year’s pole winner, will lead the field to green in Thursday’s second Duel race.

Rounding out the top five were William Byron, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano, though positions third through 40th will be set by the Duels.

Six open cars vied for two spots to make the show, with the final two to be set in the Duels. In his return to Cup, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson locked his spot in with Legacy Motor Club. 23XI Racing’s Travis Pastrana also booked his ticket to the race in his first Cup attempt.

Zane Smith, Austin Hill, Chandler Smith, and Conor Daly will have to race their way in through the Duels. Daly, who is appearing with The Money Team, did not make an attempt after suffering an oil line issue. Chandler Smith also experienced an issue with his car, but was able to complete a lap.

Daytona 500 Qualifying Results

The starting lineup will be set after the Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona International Speedway, with the first duel set to start at 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 16 on FOX Sports 1.

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Luken Glover arrived on the Frontstretch scene in 2020. He has been an avid NASCAR fan for the majority of his life, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who used to help former team owner Junie Donlavey in his garage. Glover covers news for the site and took over "The Underdog House" column in 2021. In addition to being a college junior, his hobbies include volunteering at church, playing basketball and tennis, racing go-karts, and helping at his high school alma mater.

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Mike Kalasnik

The link to the qualifying results goes to a generic qualifying list. Clicking “Qualifying” fixes that.

Last edited 3 months ago by Mike Kalasnik

Four Chevs and six Fords in the top 10. Isn’t any vinyl available?


Those six ‘open’ cars should have been able to race their way into the race. One of the drawbacks of the charter system.