By­ron wins Day­tona 500 pole, puts Hen­drick up front again

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

DAY­TONA BEACH, FLA. | Wil­liam By­ron has won the pole for next week’s Day­tona 500, giv­ing Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports the top start­ing spot for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year.

By­ron and team­mate Alex Bow­man locked in the front row for “The Great Amer­i­can Race” dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing laps Sun­day at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way. They edged the other two Hen­drick driv­ers: seven-time Cup Series cham­pion Jim­mie John­son and Chase El­liott.

The rest of the 40-car lineup will be set by two qual­i­fy­ing races Thurs­day. Thirty-six of those spots are al­ready filled be­cause of NASCAR’s char­ter sys­tem.

For­mer Hen­drick driver Casey Mears and Tyler Red­dick se­cured two of the re­main­ing spots in the Day­tona 500. They posted the top speeds of the six driv­ers vy­ing for four open spots in NASCAR’s sea­son opener.

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