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Tucson's Alex Bowman is on the pole for the Daytona 500

Posted at 2:31 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 21:05:05-05

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports again has the most powerful engines in Daytona won the pole for 500 for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Alex Bowman posted a lap at 191.261 mph to give Hendrick its 14th Daytona 500 pole.

William Byron qualified second but was nearly a full mile per hour slower than his teammate.

Only the front row is set in time trials. But two of the four “open” slots in the 40-car field are also claimed and went to David Ragan and Ryan Preece. The starting order will be set in a pair of Thursday night races.