Alex Bowman wins Daytona 500 pole, full NASCAR Cup Series qualifying

The front row for the season opening Daytona 500 has been set. On the pole is Alex Bowman.

Bowman took home the pole as he begins his first full seaon in the No. 88 formerly driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. by claiming the pole at Daytona, a track synonymous with the Earnhardt name.

Qualifying for the Daytona 500 still uses the old system in which cars take two laps around the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway in hopes of securing the fastest time. In addition to a front row spot, the top two qualifiers will also be on the pole for the Can AM duels on Thursday.

The rest of the fields qualifying times will split them up into their respective duel race with the results of those races determining the actual starting lineup at Daytona.

With just 40 cars entered into the Daytona 500, all drivers will make the race.

Daytona 500 Qualifying Results

  1. Alex Bowman
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. William Byron
  6. Erik Jones
  7. Daniel Suarez
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  10. Chase Elliott
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Paul Menard
  13. Aric Almirola
  14. Austin Dillon
  15. Ryan Blaney
  16. Clint Bowyer
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Kasey Kahne
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Trevor Bayne
  21. Ryan Newman
  22. Kyle Larson
  23. Jamie McMurray
  24. Michael McDowell
  25. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  26. Martin Truex Jr.
  27. Ty Dillon
  28. Danica Patrick
  29. Chris Buescher
  30. AJ Allmendinger
  31. Brendan Gaughan
  32. Justin Marks
  33. Matt Dibenedetto
  34. DJ Kennington
  35. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  36. David Gilliland
  37. Mark Thompson
  38. Corey Lajoie
  39. Gray Gaulding
  40. David Ragan

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