William Byron claims Daytona 500 pole, qualifying results

On the pole for the 61st running of The Great American Race will be William Byron in the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet. By posting the fastest time in qualifying, Byron, ensures himself of being on the pole for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Joining him on the front row will be teammate Alex Bowman in the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet. Each driver will start first in their respective Duel race on Thursday where the rest of the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 will be set. Teammates Jimmie Johnson and Case Elliott were third and fourth.

Based on their qualifying speeds both Tyler Reddick and Casey Mears have locked themselves into the Daytona 500. Brendan Gaughan, Joey Gase, Ryan Truex and Parker Kligerman will compete in the duels for the final two spots of cars not locked into the race.

The first Duel race on Thursday is set to take place at 7 pm ET. At 8:45 pm ET the second Duel race is set to take place. These races are 60 laps or 150 miles.

Alex Bowman took the pole in the Daytona 500 last season, he qualified second. Race winner Austin Dillon was the 10th fastest qualifier.

Byron’s pole was the first of his career and the 700th for Chevrolet. Hendrick Motorsports has now won the last five Daytona 500 poles, a record for consecutive poles.

Daytona 500 Qualifying Results

  1. William Byron
  2. Alex Bowman
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Daniel Hemric
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Clint Bowyer
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Austin Dillon
  11. Paul Menard
  12. Denny Hamlin
  13. Kyle Busch
  14. Erik Jones
  15. Kevin Harvick
  16. Tyler Reddick
  17. Ryan Blaney
  18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  19. Aric Almirola
  20. Daniel Suarez
  21. Kurt Busch
  22. Chris Buescher
  23. David Ragan
  24. Ryan Newman
  25. Michael McDowell
  26. Casey Mears
  27. Ryan Truez
  28. Ryan Preece
  29. Jamie McMurray
  30. Matt DiBenedetto
  31. Brendan Gaughan
  32. Kyle Larson
  33. Bubba Wallace
  34. Ty Dillon
  35. Matt Tifft
  36. Parker Kligerman
  37. Ross Chastain
  38. Landon Cassill
  39. Corey LaJoie
  40. Cody Ware
  41. BJ McLeod
  42. Joey Gase