Elliott Wins 500 Pole; Junior Also On Front Row
Chase Elliott won the pole for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. It was his second straight pole for stock car racing’s big event. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Ashley R Dickerson)
Once again, qualifying day for the Daytona 500 turned into a showcase for NASCAR’s most bankable stars as young Chase Elliott and veteran Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start on the pole and P2 respectively in next weekend’s 59th running of stock car racing’s most important event.
Both drivers are members of Hendrick Motorsports. Elliott won the pole with a speed of 192.872 mph while Earnhardt Jr. was 192.864 mph in Sunday’s qualifying session.
The pole is the second straight for Elliott, son of popular former champion and Hall of Famer Bill Elliott.
“This team definitely has a knack for these plate tracks as they showed with Jeff Gordon (who won the pole for Hendrick in 2015) and then last year with here and Talladega,” Chase Elliott said.
Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for the 500 in 2011. His outside pole this year comes in his first event back after sitting out much of the 2016 season with a head injury.
“It feels good,” Earnhardt, the sport’s perennial most popular driver, said. “I think the guys Read the full story »