Alex Bowman wins Daytona 500 shaft on the whole Hendrick first line

Bowman’s normal lap speed of 191.261 mph drove the route in Wednesday late evening’s passing meeting as he effortlessly bested his Hendrick colleague William Byron to make his record fourth successive first column start in the season opener.

Byron wound up second (190.219 mph), which likewise secured him in the Sunday’s beginning setup at Daytona International Speedway.

It’s additionally the seventh continuous Daytona 500 a group fueled by a Hendrick motor turned over on the post.

“I mean it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with me, right? It’s a testament to the guys on this team and everybody back at the shop at Hendrick Motorsports,” Bowman said. “They work so hard on these superspeedway cars – they’re beautiful when they get to the race track.

“Our Ally Camaro obviously has been really fast since we unloaded. We focused a lot on trying to win the pole for the 500. It means a lot to us and obviously we were able to achieve that.

“Just really proud of everyone. It feels really good. It’s just awesome to be driving this No. 48 car.”

Aric Almirola (190.178 mph) wound up third and the top Ford, Bubba Wallace was fourth-quickest (189.577 mph) and the top Toyota and Ryan Preece (189.565 mph) wound up fifth.

Balancing the main 10 were Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Daniel Suarez.

By posting the quickest velocities among the groups without contracts, both David Ragan and Preece are ensured a beginning situation in the Daytona 500.

The rest of the 500 setup will be set by the consequences of Thursday late evening’s passing races.

Noah Gragson, who was endeavoring to make the Daytona 500 with Beard Motorsports in the No. 62 Chevrolet, couldn’t make a passing endeavor as his vehicle bombed review multiple times.

He should begin from the back of the field of his passing race Thursday night and his presentation in that occasion will be the lone way he can make the field of the Daytona 500.

Derrike Cope additionally neglected to make a passing endeavor as his group expected to change batteries yet couldn’t finish it inside the five-minute clock.

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