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.