Ricky Stenhouse Storms To Daytona 500 Pole

Ricky Redemption.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stormed to his first Daytona 500 pole in his first race for JTG-Daugherty Racing.

Last season Roush Fenway Racing surprised everyone when they announced Christopher Buescher would be replacing Ricky Stenhouse in the #17 car starting in 2020. Stenhouse had multiple years left on his Roush contract but was left looking for a ride in 2020.

The team that came calling? Buescher’s old team, JTG-Daugherty Racing. It was announced a couple of weeks later Stenhouse would take over the #47 Kroger Chevy as he tried to revive his slow fading Cup career.

Welcome To Daytona

On Sunday during Daytona 500 pole Ricky’s #47 team sent him out in a Camaro that was alllllllll the way trimmed out for speed and it paid off. The two-time Cup Series winner will start P1 when the field takes the green flag next Sunday for the Daytona 500.

Stenhouse will also lead Duel #1 to the green flag Thursday night but you can expect to see him drop to the back of the field. One to preserve the car since the front row is locked in and two, because his car is not set up for race conditions.

Alex Bowman joins Stenhouse on the front row with his P2 qualifying spot. Those two are locked in and will lead the field to green next week.

For Ricky Stenhouse, he couldn’t ask for a better start to the 2020 season with a new team. While Daytona is an anomaly and is in no way indicative of how they’ll run when the series heads to Las Vegas, Phoenix, or California. It is a great start to a new relationship and one that can certainly build confidence.

Qualifying Results

1  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.47Chevrolet46.253  194.582  
2  Alex Bowman88Chevrolet46.305  194.363  
3  Chase Elliott9Chevrolet46.319  194.305  
4  Jimmie Johnson48Chevrolet46.419  193.886  
5  Denny Hamlin11Toyota46.528  193.432  
6  Kyle Busch18Toyota46.662  192.876  
7  Aric Almirola10Ford46.732  192.588  
8  William Byron24Chevrolet46.767  192.443  
9  Christopher Bell95Toyota46.818  192.234  
10  Erik Jones20Toyota46.859  192.066  
11  Joey Logano22Ford46.867  192.033  
12  Kevin Harvick4Ford46.869  192.025  
13  Clint Bowyer14Ford46.906  191.873  
14  Cole Custer41Ford46.921  191.812  
15  Ryan Newman6Ford46.950  191.693  
16  Matt DiBenedetto21Ford46.952  191.685  
17  Ryan Preece37Chevrolet46.969  191.616  
18  Tyler Reddick8Chevrolet46.983  191.559  
19  Chris Buescher17Ford46.984  191.555  
20  Kyle Larson42Chevrolet46.987  191.542  
21  Martin Truex, Jr.19Toyota46.994  191.514  
22  Kurt Busch1Chevrolet47.052  191.278  
23  Brad Keselowski2Ford47.054  191.270  
24  Michael McDowell34Ford47.070  191.205  
25  John Hunter Nemechek38Ford47.076  191.180  
26  David Ragan36Ford47.151  190.876  
27  Ryan Blaney12Ford47.205  190.658  
28  Ross Chastain77Chevrolet47.262  190.428  
29  Austin Dillon3Chevrolet47.273  190.384  
30  Ty Dillon13Chevrolet47.353  190.062  
31  Justin Haley16Chevrolet47.364  190.018  
32  Bubba Wallace43Chevrolet47.491  189.510  
33  Brendan Gaughan62Chevrolet47.633  188.945  
34  Reed Sorenson27Chevrolet48.037  187.356  
35  Timmy Hill66Ford48.225  186.625  
36  Daniel Suarez96Toyota48.523  185.479  
37  Corey LaJoie32Ford48.605  185.166  
38  Quin Houff00Chevrolet48.943  183.887  
39  J.J. Yeley54Ford49.102  183.292  
40  Brennan Poole15Chevrolet49.510  181.781  
41  Chad Finchum49Toyota49.515  181.763  
42  Joey Gase51Chevrolet50.068  179.756  
43  B.J. McLeod52Ford

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