William Byron earns pole position for Daytona 500

William Byron earns pole position for Daytona 500

This year's Clash boasted a 20-driver field, with the previous season's pole winners joined by past Clash winners, past Daytona 500 winners and polesitters, and the playoff drivers from the previous season.

"There's different pressures put on each team, and certainly outside pressures of ... somebody came up with a great idea of who's going to win first, Jimmie or Chad, and the pressure, can we win again", Johnson said. "This is the deal to sit on the pole at Daytona".

Rick Hendrick smiled widely and acknowledged that his team's 1-2-3-4 sweep of Daytona 500 pole qualifying is as good an omen as his championship organization could hope for. The proud Hendrick organization is using NASCAR's biggest stage to show how serious the boss is about rebounding from 2018, when Johnson was winless for the first time in his career, Alex Bowman and William Byron had forgettable first seasons, and Chase Elliott's three late victories were among the few bright spots. After splitting with Johnson at the end of last season, Knaus essentially repeated the feat with Byron. "I didn't drive through Paul", Johnson said. "But when we come to these plate tracks, he causes at least one wreck every plate race", Menard said in an interview with FS1. "This is really special for me". "Hopefully, it goes well next Sunday". "I'm ready to get more of this". "They were our teammates, but I think we showed that we've got plenty of speed, which will help us in the 500".

The points this week will be far lower than standard races since it's only 75 laps long and that means there's a total of 56.25 bonus points in DK available across the field and in FD there are just 15 points for laps led and laps completed total.

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"It's no different than an National Football League team when you've got a really good coach and a really good quarterback and a really good team, but for some reason it is exhausted and you need a spark", Hendrick said. "Both of us want to make sure that our friendship is one that lasts a lifetime". A new racing package in 2019 also should benefit Bowman and Byron because neither had much experience under the old rules.

New Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Obaika Racing made a 2019 sponsor announcement on February 6 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., and still seemed prepared to contest the entire 2019 Cup Series schedule.

It was the fifth consecutive year a Hendrick auto has won the pole for the Daytona 500 and it was the 700th pole for Chevrolet, the only partner Hendrick has had in racing. "I can't believe it".

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