Hendrick Motorsports continued its stranglehold on Daytona 500 qualifying with its fifth straight pole award Sunday afternoon.

For the 61st annual Daytona 500, it is going to be sophomore William Byron main the sector to the inexperienced flag. The pole is the primary of Byron’s Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence profession and is available in his first race with Chad Knaus as his crew chief.

The pole-winning velocity for Byron was 194.305 mph (46.319 seconds).

“The Axalta Chevy was actually quick,” mentioned Byron. “Credit score to Chad and all the fellows. It’s been an ideal offseason. We’re ready. We’re prepared. That is type of step one of our course of collectively, so hopefully, it goes effectively subsequent Sunday. We are able to type of relax all through the Duel races and study a bit bit. I’m wanting ahead to it. That is superior.”

Byron will likely be joined on the entrance row by HMS teammate Alex Bowman. Bowman was the polesitter in final yr’s Daytona 500 and clocked in at 194.154 mph (46.355 seconds).

With Byron’s lap, it additionally offers Chevrolet its 700th pole within the Cup Sequence.

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Byron and Bowman are the one two drivers with their beginning spots locked up for the Feb. 17 race. The remainder of the 40-car subject will likely be set Thursday within the Gander RV Duel races.

Tyler Reddick and Casey Mears had been the quickest of the groups and not using a constitution, guaranteeing their spots within the Daytona 500.

Pre-qualifying ejections: Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, and Ty Dillon will likely be with out their automobile chiefs for the rest of Speedweeks at Daytona.

The No. three, 9 and 13 automobiles every failed pre-qualifying inspection twice Sunday morning. That ends in the ejection of their automobile chiefs and the lack of 15 minutes in remaining observe on Saturday, Feb. 16.

All three automobiles handed inspection on the third time via, and the drivers did get to make a qualifying run for the 61st Daytona 500.

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