Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Bowman pilots Dale Jr.'s former auto to Daytona 500 pole

Bowman pilots Dale Jr.'s former auto to Daytona 500 pole

Bowman topped Sunday's qualifying run for the Daytona 500 with a top speed of 195.644 miles per hour, thus putting him on the pole for first race of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season.

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. Earnhardt has 17 career wins at Daytona and seven poles and is a two-time Daytona 500 victor. Earnhardt missed the second half of that season with a concussion, and Bowman was tabbed to fill in for 10 of those races. And that's given John Probst, NASCAR Managing Director for Competition and Innovation, some peace of mind as the system makes its debut in the days leading up to Sunday's Daytona 500 (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM).

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

"This vehicle is ready to race, it's handling well, we're looking forward to Thursday and now obviously the 500 being on the front row".

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"Everything is the same as it was before as far as showing up to Daytona without having driven since Homestead, so that is no different", she said.

Patrick will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports in the Daytona 500 with Tony Eury Jr.as her crew chief. Hendrick is now tied with Harry Ranier for the record of most consecutive Daytona 500 poles at four. It very well could have an impact on the race as nearly everyone in the field is now accustomed to running the race without many handling issues. This week, he dishes on one of NASCAR's best wheelmen-and his choice to take the checkered flag at The Great American Race. "If it would have come together sooner, I'm sure that we would have been able to put something together for The Clash".

The No.88 has started on the front row for the past five restrictor-place races - and has won the last three.

"We were team Key West", Patrick said. I tell these guys, 'You know when I met Gordon, he had a briefcase with a stock auto magazine and a Game Boy. "From a performance standpoint, he's someone who can look after me, but also from a comfort standpoint - I don't have to try to win the Daytona 500 with somebody I never met before", she said. The machine says where you are, and everybody has got to be there. You kind of got what you got. She will re-connect with long-time sponsor GoDaddy for the race.

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