Daytona 500 2018 Qualifying Results: Alex Bowman Takes Pole for NASCAR Opener

15 February, 2018, 02:31 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Alex Bowman-the driver replacing retired Dale Earnhardt the No. 88 Chevrolet-has captured his first pole of the 2018 NASCAR season, as he came in first on Sunday in qualifying for next week's Daytona 500. "Its Daytona", he said. But I'm sure it would have been extra, you know what I mean? "It would have been good practice". William Byron is not most 20-year-olds, a fact he demonstrated by posting the fifth-fastest time in Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday. To describe him as a phenom isn't a stretch, as he's only been racing actual cars for six years, and at every level through his progression to NASCAR's premier division he's won quickly and won often. But their Daytona 500 grid positions, along with the rest of the field aside from the front row, will be set based on the Duels.

"I'm ready", she told For The Win with a chuckle. She's racing in only the Daytona 500 and then the Indianapolis 500 in May before she retires as a race vehicle driver. She thinks she'll be fine but noted that when she announced her retirement in November she unexpectedly began to sob. You kind of got what you got. Once you get over the fear that he'll tap the wall and realize that he is in absolute control of the 42 machine, you'll find it hard to fathom that he's ever lost there. "I'm totally good with it at this point". He has also made the finale race for the Cup in four of the last five years. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been doing it. "Its a dream come true just to drive for Hendrick Motorsports".

Patrick will have the comfort of being reunited with Tony Eury Jr., her 2010-12 crew chief with JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series.

On Sunday, Snapchat will cover the DAYTONA 500 with its Our Story feature to give millions of users around the world an inside look at race day from Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin will start on the outside of the front row.

She asked GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons if he had interest in sponsoring her again.

Danica Patrick was 28th in her final NASCAR single-car qualifying session. It will help bring her NASCAR career full circle before she walks away from driving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She's not even anxious about getting caught in "The Big One" - the mass crash that is practically guaranteed at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR's two biggest tracks. "I enjoy that part of it".

"The routine just really wasn't making me very happy anymore", she said.

She found the same comfort in getting back to her motorhome, where she will be joined this weekend by her sister, two nieces and the two dogs she shared with Stenhouse. "I feel like I am always in the wrong place at the wrong time".

"I can do it pretty much when I want", Byron said. "I love coming in the bus because it feels so familiar".



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