Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins the Daytona 500 pole

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins the Daytona 500 pole

The pole victor has won the Daytona 500 nine times with Dale Jarrett the most recent one to do so 20 years ago.

The Olive Branch, Miss., native turned a lap of 46.253 seconds (194.582 mph) with his No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, outpacing Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman for top qualifying honors. Anytime you can start the season off with a new organization and see all the work they put in - guys in the shop that I don't even know are working late nights. "I feel like I can still get the job done behind the wheel and win races like we did in the Xfinity Series".

"I'm really proud to put our Kroger Chevy on the pole on "Kroger pole day" for the Daytona 500", Stenhouse said. (Crew chief Brian) Pattie was working really hard all offseason for that goal and everybody chipped in, the whole shop.

Sunday each of the first four drivers piloted a Chevrolet equipped with a Hendrick engine.

Daytona 500 front-row qualifiers Alex Bowman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. display their achievement hardware.

But for Stenhouse, the accomplishment meant everything. Stenhouse will start on the pole in one of the Duals and Bowman in the other.

Just missing the front row were another pair of Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets, with two-time Daytona 500 pole victor Chase Elliott (46.319/194.305) and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (46.419/193.886) timing in third- and fourth-fastest, respectively.

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"It takes a lot of people in the shop to make this auto as fast as it is", he said.

Of the 43 cars that made a single-car run, left to qualify in through their respective Duel 150 on Thursday are Justin Haley, Brendan Gaughan, Reed Sorenson Timmy Hill, Danial Suarez, JJ Yeley and Chad Finchum. "I have to go out there Thursday and get it done".

There was an opportunity in Sunday qualifying for two teams that don't hold charters to lock up spots in the starting grid.

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Haley is the youngest driver in the field.

To view the complete qualifying rundown, advance to the next page.

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