William Byron is on the pole as Hendrick Motorsports DOMINATED Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying.
Twelve cars advanced to the final round but eight of them were qualifying for 5th. Hendrick Motorsports cars were leaps and bounds above the rest of the field the cheating accusations are going to be abundant on the interwebs.
For the 5th year in a row, a car from the Hendrick Motorsports stable will sit on the pole. Single car qualifying requires a strong motor and a slick car, something HMS has perfected. Will their strength carry over into the race? It hasn’t in recent years as Ford-powered cars have exerted their dominance over the field. It appears however that Rick Hendrick was tired of getting spanked by the Roush Yates brigade.
Bryon and Alex Bowman received the best news for any driver, they’re locked into their starting spots. Meaning no matter where they finish in Thursday’s Duels they will still start on the front row. Everyone else? Best of luck.
Of course, qualifying at Daytona and Talladega really means nothing. Track position and pit stall selection are great but a lot can happen in the draft over 500 miles.
Biggest surprise of qualifying has to be the power of the RCR cars. Rookie Daniel Hemric qualified 5th and defending winner Austin Dillon (10th) but advanced to the final round. Both cars are donning all gold paint schemes which low key look phenomenal on track. We’ll tack their performance up to that.
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