Stenhouse Earns Pole For 500

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Hendrick driver Alex Bowman ended up second (194.363 mph).

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.is adjusting to his new team and vehicle manufacturer just fine. It's also just the third for the JTG Daugherty Racing organization and first on an oval track. They've been working hard, they've are in my corner and they've been behind me throughout my career.

Daytona 500 front-row qualifiers Alex Bowman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pose with their crews and Chevrolets.

But for Stenhouse, the accomplishment meant everything.

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"Man, this is a cool moment", Stenhouse said. The whole shop helped cut bodies off, put them back on, and all that, so this goes out to the whole shop and all our other partners - NOS Energy Drink as well. "Hats off to the JTG guys, though".

"To keep the streak alive of the Chevys and Hendrick engines on the pole and on the front row is pretty cool". We have a great Valvoline Camaro.

President Trump may be going to the races this weekend. Obviously we wanted the pole, and just barely missed it there. But when Penske drivers Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch approached him, Stewart didn't feel safe running alone without any ally.

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"It takes a lot of people in the shop to make this auto as fast as it is", he said.

Even so, the Hendrick Motorsports entries clearly have speed: Stenhouse's engines are built by Hendrick, and Hendrick drivers Bowman, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson were second through fourth on the speed chart.

That pair will join Stenhouse and Bowman on the front rows of the two Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona, which roll off Thursday night at 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., respectively, on FOX Sports 1.

Alex Bowman qualified second fastest at 194.363 miles per hour.

© Provided by Associated Press Ricky Stenhouse Jr. watches the leaderboard after his run during NASCAR auto race qualifying at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Kaulig Racing's Justin Haley (47.364/190.018) and Beard Motorsports' Brendan Gaughan (47.633/188.945), who were 31st and 33rd on speed overall, led the way among the seven teams needing to time their ways into The Great American Race.

The starting order for the rest of the 40-car field will be determined by Thursday's two qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.

Hall of Fame driver Dave Pearson needed 15 tries to win the Daytona 500.

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