Talking Daytona 500 Qualifying and the Clash at Daytona — NASCAR Show

Talking Daytona 500 Qualifying and the Clash at Daytona — NASCAR Show

Johnson started the race in 13th place in his #48 Chevrolet and went on to win it after spinning out race leader Paul Menard, who started from the pole position, on lap 56, causing a massive crash that collected well over half of the 20 cars in the field. They comprise the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history.

These season-opening wins at Daytona are morale victories, nothing more.

All Hendrick drivers finished in the top 4 in qualifying in both rounds. They do a great job. "This is the deal to sit on the pole at Daytona".

"We were just at his house, I guess, last weekend visiting his wife and his son, and hanging out with our two girls", Johnson said.

"A lot of you people were here back in the (No.) 24 days, in its youth and to be a part of that and be able to come back as crew chief of the 24 auto and qualify first for the Daytona 500 is just an awesome dream for me", Knaus said after claiming Chevrolet's 700 pole in NASCAR's premier series. "He got in July here past year and that's unfortunate that he just did it again".

"I'm not really sure, I have to see a replay". Byron had the top speed of 194.304 miles per hour in the final round of qualifying, almost two-tenths of a second faster than Bowman. I got below him before he blocked it, and then I think he came down a little bit to defend and block. The starting order of those two races will be based on Sunday's qualifying session. Thirty-six of those spots are already filled because of NASCAR's charter system.

Tyler Reddick and Casey Mears locked themselves in the Daytona 500.

"It's no different than an National Football League team when you've got a really good coach and a really good quarterback and a really good team, but for some reason it is exhausted and you need a spark", Hendrick said.

Grant Quinlan ended up third, pole-winner Christian Eckes was fourth and Sean Corr completed the top-five. He was greeted there by his father, who won a Cup race at Daytona in 2000, as Jeff Burton was the first to lean inside Burton's window.

Johnson's camp was equally as enthusiastic about what the strong start could mean for them, even though the Clash was a non-points race.

He also believes, just like at Talladega, if any combination of the Penske-Wood or Stewart-Haas Fords get together at the front of the field, it might be a blockade against the other two manufacturers. The race was restarted on Lap 86, giving the field one chance and one last lap to finish the event. Team owner Rick Hendrick wanted to shake things up going into the 2019 season as he announced in October of 2018, and moved Knaus to the No. 24 with driver William Byron behind the wheel.

"It was putting some pressure on me", Johnson said.

"Feels good" to be back in Victory Lane for the first time since 2017, the Hendrick Motorsports driver said.

"You know a driver can't really do much", Bowman said.

Having won at least one race since his debut in 2002, it was an unfamiliar feeling to be shut out in 2018.

"If you can get a few cars to commit with you, you can make it happen", Logano said.

All but three of the 20 cars on the track at the time of the wreck suffered damage.



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