Chase Elliott and the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team posted the 10th-fastest time in Daytona 500 qualifying Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.
“Everything is okay if your car drives good, I think come Thursday, that is the main focus,” Elliott said. “It’s a great honor to be on the pole and a great achievement for our team and the efforts they put in throughout the off-season, but there is a lot of opportunity to showcase their efforts throughout the season. First being Thursday and most importantly next Sunday.”
As a result, Elliott will start fifth in Thursday night’s Duel No. 2, which will officially set the lineup for the 60th running of the Daytona 500.
Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman captured the pole for “The Great American Race.” This marks the fourth consecutive year a Hendrick Motorsports driver will lead field to the green flag.
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Next Race: Feb. 15, Duel Race No. 2, Daytona International Speedway
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Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest team in NASCAR Cup Series history. At the sport’s premier level, the organization holds the all-time records in every major statistical category, including championships (14), points-paying race victories (291) and laps led (over 77,000). Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, the team fields four full-time entries in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by 2020 champion Chase Elliott.