William Byron captures Daytona 500 pole as Hendrick rolls again in qualifying

Hendrick Motorsports continued its stranglehold on Daytona 500 qualifying with its fifth straight pole award Sunday afternoon.

For the 61st annual Daytona 500, it will be sophomore William Byron leading the field to the green flag. The pole is the first of Byron’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and comes in his first race with Chad Knaus as his crew chief.

The pole-winning speed for Byron was 194.305 mph (46.319 seconds).

“The Axalta Chevy was really fast,” said Byron. “Credit to Chad and all the guys. It’s been a great offseason. We’re prepared. We’re ready. This is kind of the first step of our process together, so hopefully, it goes well next Sunday. We can kind of chill out throughout the Duel races and learn a little bit. I’m looking forward to it. This is awesome.”

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