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:
|Pos||Driver No.||Driver name||Team|
|1||#48||Alex Bowman||Ally Chevrolet|
|2||#24||William Byron||Axalta Chevrolet|
|3||#10||Aric Almirola||Smithfield Ford|
|4||#23||Bubba Wallace||DoorDash Toyota|
|5||#47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Kroger/NOS Chevrolet|
|6||#4||Kevin Harvick||Busch Light #TheCrew Ford|
|7||#20||Christopher Bell||DEWALT Toyota|
|8||#37||Ryan Preece||Cattonelle Chevrolet|
|9||#3||Autin Dillon||Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet|
|10||#99||Daniel Suarez||iFly Chevrolet|
|11||#9||Chase Elliott||NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet|
|12||#11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Toyota|
|13||#36||David Ragan||Select Blinds Ford|
|14||#1||Kurt Busch||Monster Energy Chevrolet|
|15||#5||Kyle Larson||Nations Guard Chevrolet|
|16||#18||Kyle Busch||M&M’s Toyota|
|17||#21||Matt DiBenedetto||Motocraft/Quick Lane Ford|
|18||#12||Ryan Blaney||Menards/Blue DEF/PEAK Ford|
|19||#33||Austin Cindric||Verizon 5G Ford|
|20||#16||Kaz Grala||Hyper Ice Chevrolet|
The Cup Series action continues tomorrow with the Duels at Daytona.