The Daytona 500 pole positioning concluded with a familiar number 88 car getting the win.
Bowman Wins in Earnhardt Jr.’s 88
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired, Alex Bowman knew he had big shoes to fill. The 24-year-old driver was named Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement back in late June after Jr.’s concussion history caused him to hang it up. On Sunday, Bowman got off to a fast start in Earnhardt Jr.’s old No. 88 Chevy. Bowman earned himself a first-place start in the upcoming Daytona 500 with his win at the Daytona 500 Pole. In his first race as the full-time driver of the Hendricks Motorsports 88 car, Bowman finished a 2.5 mile lap around the Daytona Speedway in just 46.002 seconds. That is an average speed of 195.644 mph.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 11, 2018
After the pole finish, Bowman spoke about the win.
— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) February 11, 2018
Dale Earnhardt Jr. shared some of the joy with Bowman and the team on twitter.
— Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 11, 2018
Hamlin Places Second
Denny Hamlin, the 2016 Daytona 500 winner will start this year’s Daytona 500 in second after finishing the pole with a 46.132 second lap. Hamlin, in the No.11 Toyota Camry, had an average speed of 195.092 mph. This marks the first time in Hamlin’s career that he will start the race on the front row. Hamlin said on Twitter that his second-place positioning in the pole “feels like a win.”
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 11, 2018
Rounding Out the Top 10
With Bowman and Hamlin at 1 and 2 respectively, here is the top 10 from the Daytona 500 Pole
- Alex Bowman (195.644 mph)
- Denny Hamlin (195.092 mph)
- Jimmie Johnson (194.734 mph)
- Kyle Busch (194.704 mph)
- William Byron (194.548 mph)
- Erik Jones (194.473 mph)
- Daniel Suarez (194.468 mph)
- Kevin Harvick (194.464 mph)
- Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (194.045 mph)
- Chase Elliott (193.911 mph)
The top 10 includes 4 Chevrolet drivers (1,3,5,10), 4 Toyota drivers (2,4,6,7), and 2 Ford drivers (8,9.).
Looking Towards Next Sunday
The 2018 Daytona 500 is almost upon us. The race, beginning next Sunday, helps kicks off the 2018 NASCAR season. The February 18th race starts at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.