January 18, 2020

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Alex Bowman

Bowman became the 41st different driver to win pole for the Daytona 500. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Alex Bowman won the pole for the 60th running of the Daytona 500.

Bowman’s lap in the second round of the day’s qualifying session of 195.644 mph to earn his first pole in “The Great American Race.” 

It was the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s second career pole, the first coming in 2016 at Phoenix when he was filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. Bowman is driving the No. 88 ride full-time beginning this season in the aftermath of Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement.

“Just so thankful to do this,” Bowman said. “I’m very blessed to be able to call driving a race car my job and to be able to drive what I think is the best car in the business is a dream come true.

“It was a little nerve-wracking. You know, our Nationwide Camaro ZL1 has been great since we unloaded. All the guys back at the chassis shop, the body shop, the Hendrick engine shop, they all work so hard. We knew were going for the pole. That’s what we were here to do.”

Bowman topped the first round and was the last of the 12 drivers to run for the pole in round two.

“I was a little nervous for that second round, but it took off well off of pit road and I did everything I could do,” he said.  “This really comes down to the crew, all the guys back at the shop, everybody works so hard at these speedway cars.”

Team owner Rick Hendrick tied Harry Ranier (1979-82) for the record for most consecutive Daytona 500 poles. Hendrick has won seven of the last 11 Daytona 500 poles.

Denny Hamlin qualified second in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and he and Bowman are locked into the top two starting spots for next Sunday’s Daytona 500.

“Great teamwork,” Hamlin said after his lap of 195.092 mph. “This is a testament to everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing to give us a race car that is very fast.

“It was so out of the blue because honestly I thought today was going to be a tough day of qualifying because we focused so much on race trim yesterday. We stuck in a pack. I think we did one real mock run, which really wasn’t even a mock run. We were so far off that we just switched and made sure our car was going to run really good on Thursday and obviously next Sunday. This car is ready to race.”

The remainder of the starting line-up behind the front row for next week’s 500 will be determined by the finishing positions in Thursday’s Can-Am Duel races.

Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and William Byron rounded out the top five.

Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and Chase Elliott complete the fastest ten on Sunday.

Results

Round 2

Pos Car Team Time Speed -Fastest -Next
1 88 Alex Bowman 46.002 195.644 0.000 0.000
2 11 Denny Hamlin 46.132 195.092 0.130 0.130
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 46.217 194.734 0.215 0.085
4 18 Kyle Busch 46.224 194.704 0.222 0.007
5 24 William Byron # 46.261 194.548 0.259 0.037
6 20 Erik Jones 46.279 194.473 0.277 0.018
7 19 Daniel Suarez 46.280 194.468 0.278 0.001
8 4 Kevin Harvick 46.281 194.464 0.279 0.001
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 46.381 194.045 0.379 0.100
10 9 Chase Elliott 46.413 193.911 0.411 0.032
11 22 Joey Logano 46.437 193.811 0.435 0.024
12 21 Paul Menard 46.584 193.199 0.582 0.147

Round 1

Pos Car Driver Time Speed -Fastest -Next
1 88 Alex Bowman 46.181 194.885 0.000 0.000
2 11 Denny Hamlin 46.201 194.801 0.020 0.020
3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 46.313 194.330 0.132 0.112
4 24 William Byron # 46.328 194.267 0.147 0.015
5 18 Kyle Busch 46.366 194.108 0.185 0.038
6 19 Daniel Suarez 46.412 193.915 0.231 0.046
7 4 Kevin Harvick 46.420 193.882 0.239 0.008
8 48 Jimmie Johnson 46.420 193.882 0.239 0.000
9 22 Joey Logano 46.422 193.874 0.241 0.002
10 21 Paul Menard 46.470 193.673 0.289 0.048
11 20 Erik Jones 46.513 193.494 0.332 0.043
12 9 Chase Elliott 46.534 193.407 0.353 0.021
13 10 Aric Almirola 46.539 193.386 0.358 0.005
14 3 Austin Dillon 46.546 193.357 0.365 0.007
15 12 Ryan Blaney 46.577 193.228 0.396 0.031
16 14 Clint Bowyer 46.658 192.893 0.477 0.081
17 41 Kurt Busch 46.678 192.810 0.497 0.020
18 95 Kasey Kahne 46.694 192.744 0.513 0.016
19 2 Brad Keselowski 46.698 192.728 0.517 0.004
20 6 Trevor Bayne 46.781 192.386 0.600 0.083
21 31 Ryan Newman 46.816 192.242 0.635 0.035
22 42 Kyle Larson 46.817 192.238 0.636 0.001
23 1 Jamie McMurray 46.836 192.160 0.655 0.019
24 34 Michael McDowell 46.899 191.902 0.718 0.063
25 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. # 46.938 191.742 0.757 0.039
26 78 Martin Truex Jr. 47.002 191.481 0.821 0.064
27 13 Ty Dillon 47.074 191.188 0.893 0.072
28 7 Danica Patrick 47.081 191.160 0.900 0.007
29 37 Chris Buescher 47.095 191.103 0.914 0.014
30 47 AJ Allmendinger 47.144 190.904 0.963 0.049
31 62 Brendan Gaughan 47.398 189.881 1.217 0.254
32 51 Justin Marks(i) 47.464 189.617 1.283 0.066
33 32 Matt DiBenedetto 47.675 188.778 1.494 0.211
34 96 DJ Kennington 47.848 188.096 1.667 0.173
35 0 Jeffrey Earnhardt 47.866 188.025 1.685 0.018
36 92 David Gilliland(i) 47.884 187.954 1.703 0.018
37 66 Mark Thompson 48.267 186.463 2.086 0.383
38 72 Corey LaJoie 48.372 186.058 2.191 0.105
39 23 Gray Gaulding 0.000 0.000 —– —–
40 38 David Ragan 0.000 0.000 —– —–
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