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Daytona 500 Qualifying: Bowman wins, Byron in second

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Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying started with a worrying sight as widespread power problems at Daytona Beach caused a short outage at the track, with the session being delayed by 10 minutes.

The Qualifying Pole was won by Alex Bowman in the 48 car. The Ally driver sat a time of 47.056 seconds ahead of William Byron by a gap of 0.258s.

The man who’s going for a third Daytona 500 win in a row, Denny Hamlin, qualified in 12th position with a time of 47.695 seconds behind reigning champion Chase Elliott, both with identical times.

Another favourite is Bubba Wallace. He qualified fourth behind Aric Almirola with a time of 47.474 seconds. In talks with media, he said that “everything is shaping up to be a great ending for us [his team].

“Everything is good with the car, I’m confident and getting things worked out, but all comes pretty natural,” he concluded.

The first driver who kicked things off was Kaz Grala with Kaulig Racing. The driver sat a time of 47.925 seconds, just behind of Austin Cindric and ahead of Joey Logano.

“It was a good lap in terms of performance,” Grala told the media. “We’re in a very precarious spot and is looking like we’ll have to race our way tomorrow. But the car is very good and everybody around me and my team is doing a good job and we’ll be able to race our way if need be,” he concluded.

Ryan Preece and Davin Ragan were the open cars who got in at the finish of qualifying. Preece placed eighth with a time of 47.585 seconds and Ragan 13th with a 47.730 seconds time.

Matt DiBenedetto finished 17th with a time of 47.881 seconds. In talks with ASN Motorsports, he said his car speed was “kind of okay” and “not tremendous,” but that he’s sure they will be “really fast” into the race and that he feels very good about going for more.

Qualifying top 20:

PosDriver No.Driver nameTeam
1#48Alex BowmanAlly Chevrolet
2#24William ByronAxalta Chevrolet
3#10Aric AlmirolaSmithfield Ford
4#23Bubba WallaceDoorDash Toyota
5#47Ricky Stenhouse JrKroger/NOS Chevrolet
6#4Kevin HarvickBusch Light #TheCrew Ford
7#20Christopher BellDEWALT Toyota
8#37Ryan PreeceCattonelle Chevrolet
9#3Autin DillonBass Pro Shops Chevrolet
10#99Daniel SuareziFly Chevrolet
11#9Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
12#11Denny HamlinFedEx Toyota
13#36David RaganSelect Blinds Ford
14#1Kurt BuschMonster Energy Chevrolet
15#5Kyle LarsonNations Guard Chevrolet
16#18Kyle BuschM&M’s Toyota
17#21Matt DiBenedettoMotocraft/Quick Lane Ford
18#12Ryan BlaneyMenards/Blue DEF/PEAK Ford
19#33Austin CindricVerizon 5G Ford
20#16Kaz GralaHyper Ice Chevrolet

The Cup Series action continues tomorrow with the Duels at Daytona.

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