DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
“I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be here,” said Stenhouse, after qualifying fastest on Sunday. Stenhouse is with a new team this year, driving the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG Daugherty Racing.
“To lead laps here is really neat,” he said.
Although Stenhouse speculated the wind might have picked up a little to slow the cars that followed him, overall conditions are beautiful at the Speedway, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.
Alex Bowman will join Stenhouse on the front row in the No. 88 Chevrolet. It will be Bowman’s third year in a row of starting from the front. He won the pole for the 2018 500.
Seven teams competed to try to race their way into the 500 on time. The fastest two of those — Justin Haley and Brendan Gaughan — qualified for the race. Two others will try to race in during the 150-mile qualifiers on Thursday night.
The Busch Clash is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
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