Chase Elliott wins at qualifying race Daytona

To repeat at Daytona, Busch will have to overcome youngsters like Alex Bowman, who won the pole position in his first race taking over the No. 88 auto from the retired Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Chase Elliott, who will start in the second row in fourth position.

Chase Elliott admits to being a little biased.

Elliott's victory gives him a starting spot in the second row of Sunday's season-opening race. Ryan Blaney, driving for Roger Penske, won the first duel beating teammate Joey Logano. The Daytona 500 is her final NASCAR race and Rodgers arrived in Daytona on Wednesday, Valentine's Day, to support her effort.

Kurt Busch is the defending champion of the race, which has had first-time winners in each of the last three seasons. "It's not the (Daytona) 500". Sitting back there, you're not putting yourself in position to know what you can trust your vehicle to do at the end of the race. The front row was set last Sunday during qualifying. "I think we're all trying to learn and figure out what the best position is to be in and when you want to be there". I thought we learned a little bit from our mistakes.

Can Hendrick Motorsports Return to Victory Lane? . Hopefully, we can make it another one here on Sunday. He will start the 60th Daytona 500 from the 21st position. The contact wrecked Johnson, Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola, and sent Johnson and Almirola to backup cars.

Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and others will start from the rear of the 40-driver Daytona 500 field after damaging their primary cars beyond fix on Thursday.

"Tough way to start Speedweeks", Johnson said. It finally went flat and hooked me around and into Aric.

Almirola was a hapless victim of Johnson's misfortune. "The beauty of it is that it is just the 150s, and it wasn't the Daytona 500".

With the departure of Dale Earnhardt Jr. from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the immediate question becomes, "Who will carry the banner of the sport going forward?"To 2014 series".

The team has started the 2018 season well, with Bowman winning pole and Elliott taking first in one of the duels. On Lap 39, a side-draft from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s Ford sucked Byron's No. 24 Chevrolet around.

Although he's never won the opening race of the season, the driver of the No. 2 vehicle opened as the favorite to achieve glory on Sunday, per OddsShark.

Jimmie Johnson was in his second accident of Speedweeks. This package is odd compared to what we had in the past.

"I don't really know if anybody has it figured out".

"Strategy for us is to go out there and try to lead as many laps as we can and be in position to win. We're starting up front and that's where we want to end it".

"I haven't seen a replay or anything, but it kind of looked like the No. 9 (Elliott) got into the No. 20 (Jones) in the middle of the corner".

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