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Bowman Nabs Daytona Pole

Bowman Nabs Daytona Pole

Kurt Busch, victor of the Daytona 500 a year ago, was 17th fastest. "On top of that, I hope that it's one of those things where they know I was there and had a great race and had a lot of fun".

Earnhardt was a seven-time pole victor at Daytona, too. Stenhouse held the second fastest lap of the day as the second practice wrapped up, his 44.632 lap was just 0.007 behind practice leader William Byron.

On the preliminary entry list, 39 cars have been entered; 35 teams have charters and are locked into the race, and although BK Racing has a charter for its No. 23 vehicle, it has not been listed on the list.

Earnhardt tweeted congratulations to his replacement, who also won a Cup pole while filling in for Earnhardt in 2016. Kennington, who is driving for Gaunt Brothers Racing for the second straight 500, and ARCA plate racer Mark Thompson, who is driving for MBM Motorsports.

But now it's February, so is Dale Earnhardt Jr.in the Daytona 500?

Thursday's Can-Am Duels will determine most of the starting order for the 2018 Daytona 500. Odd-qualifying drivers compete in the first Duel race, while even qualifiers are in the second. "Now, obviously to the 500 being on the front row". Fans can position race-themed items like driver helmets and Goodyear tires within their camera frames and share the images with friends on social media. The lineup for the Duels will be set based on Sunday's qualifying speeds.

Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin are the defending winners. Her pole for the 2013 Daytona 500 remains the only pole ever won by a female driver in NASCAR Cup history.

A sponsorship deal with GoDaddy to close her racing career with Daytona and the Indianapolis 500 was announced last month and was followed by confirmation of Premium Motorsports as the NASCAR team fielding her vehicle. The organization entered a handful of races toward the end of the 2017 season with Josh Berry and Matt Mills. Accidents have taken their toll as part of the unpredictable nature of the Daytona races.

At tracks like Daytona International Speedway, where the season kickoff, this framing works as the cars typically race in one giant pack condensing the field into a manageable video shot.

Joey Logano is the reigning victor. He remembers the good days with Patrick, when she won a pole for the Xfinity race in 2012 and he helped guide her to a 10th-place finish in the Xfinity race in July 2011. With the unpredictability of plate races, it is hard to guess who will win the 500, but several drivers have made names for themselves as "plate ringers" with plenty of success at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway, including Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

Denny Hamlin will join Bowman on the front row after reaching 195.092 miles per hour during his qualifying run.

Alex Bowman put an old familiar vehicle on the top of the board for the Daytona 500.

The look removes the traditional scoring ticker, used by Fox's coverage since it took over NASCAR in 2001, replacing it with a sidebar leaderboard, mimicking the scoring pylon located at most race tracks.

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