Rookie Chase Elliott wins Daytona 500 pole; becomes youngest 500 pole-sitter

ChaseOn Sunday, the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Daytona 500 front row was set at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), and it was series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chase Elliott – with a qualifying lap speed of 196.314 MPH – taking the top spot for next Sunday’s “great american race.”

With his pole, Elliott became the youngest series driver – at the age of 20 years, 2 months and 17 days, and the previous record holder was Austin Dillon (2014 pole winner) – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days – and the sixth different ROTY candidate to capture the Daytona 500 pole at DIS; as well as, becomes the 14th-different driver in the past 14-years to win the Daytona 500 pole award.

Locking in the the outside pole position with a lap speed of 196.036 MPH, was Matt Kenseth.

Rounding out the top-10 qualifying positions were Dale Earnhardt Jr. (195.682 MPH) who qualified in third, defending series champion Kyle Busch (195.207) fourth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (195.118) fifth, Jimmie Johnson (194.839) sixth, ROTY candidate Ryan Blaney (194.746) seventh, Austin Dillon (194.675) eighth, Carl Edwards (194.662) ninth and Denny Hamlin (194.523) qualified in 10th.

Now that the top-two positions have been decided, the rest of the starting lineup will be determined on Thursday (Feb. 18th) at the conclusion of the Can-Am Duel #1 and Duel #2 qualifying races – they are scheduled to get started at approximately 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1) respectively.

Prior to Thursday’s duel qualifiers, the teams will have two evening practice sessions beginning with a session from 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and then from 6:00 p.m. 6:55 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

After the duel qualifiers, the teams will have two practice sessions on Friday 12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. ET – Both on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice will be on Saturday from 12:15 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

The 58th annual Daytona 500 is set to get started around 1:00 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Feb. 21st, with television coverage provided by FOX.

Sprint Cup Qualifying
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Gap Behind
1 24 Chase Elliott # 46.031 45.845 Leader Leader
2 20 Matt Kenseth 45.994 45.910 -0.065 -0.065
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 45.968 45.993 -0.083 -0.148
4 18 Kyle Busch 46.127 46.105 -0.112 -0.260
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 46.191 46.126 -0.021 -0.281
6 48 Jimmie Johnson 46.215 46.192 -0.066 -0.347
7 21 Ryan Blaney # 46.257 46.214 -0.022 -0.369
8 3 Austin Dillon 46.201 46.231 -0.017 -0.386
9 19 Carl Edwards 46.269 46.234 -0.003 -0.389
10 11 Denny Hamlin 46.266 46.267 -0.033 -0.422
11 41 Kurt Busch 46.330 46.270 -0.003 -0.425
12 22 Joey Logano 46.331 46.282 -0.012 -0.437
13 13 Casey Mears 46.332 Eliminated -0.001 -0.487
14 5 Kasey Kahne 46.367 Eliminated -0.035 -0.522
15 31 Ryan Newman 46.368 Eliminated -0.001 -0.523
16 4 Kevin Harvick 46.404 Eliminated -0.036 -0.559
17 27 Paul Menard 46.407 Eliminated -0.003 -0.562
18 95 Ty Dillon (i) 46.407 Eliminated 0.000 -0.562
19 2 Brad Keselowski 46.421 Eliminated -0.014 -0.576
20 43 Aric Almirola 46.451 Eliminated -0.030 -0.606
21 14 Brian Vickers 46.466 Eliminated -0.015 -0.621
22 16 Greg Biffle 46.472 Eliminated -0.006 -0.627
23 1 Jamie McMurray 46.536 Eliminated -0.064 -0.691
24 44 Brian Scott # 46.552 Eliminated -0.016 -0.707
25 42 Kyle Larson 46.647 Eliminated -0.095 -0.802
26 93 Matt Dibenedetto 46.708 Eliminated -0.061 -0.863
27 59 Michael McDowell* 46.728 Eliminated -0.020 -0.883
28 7 Regan Smith 46.743 Eliminated -0.015 -0.898
29 83 Michael Waltrip 46.776 Eliminated -0.033 -0.931
30 34 Chris Bueshcher # 46.786 Eliminated -0.010 -0.941
31 10 Danica Patrick 46.804 Eliminated -0.018 -0.959
32 32 Bobby Labonte 46.922 Eliminated -0.118 -1.077
33 47 AJ Allmendinger 46.977 Eliminated -0.055 -1.132
34 6 Trevor Bayne 47.013 Eliminated -0.036 -1.168
35 46 Michael Annett 47.046 Eliminated -0.033 -1.201
36 15 Clint Bowyer 47.059 Eliminated -0.013 -1.214
37 38 Landon Cassill 47.073 Eliminated -0.014 -1.228
38 26 Robert Richardson Jr* 47.245 Eliminated -0.172 -1.400
39 98 Cole Whitt* 47.275 Eliminated -0.030 -1.430
40 35 David Gilliland* 47.531 Eliminated -0.256 -1.686
41 23 David Ragan 47.602 Eliminated -0.071 -1.757
42 30 Josh Wise* 48.056 Eliminated -0.454 -2.211
43 40 Reed Sorenson* 49.679 Eliminated -1.623 -3.834
44 78 Martin Truex Jr. 0.000 Eliminated -49.679 -45.845

* – must race their way into the Daytona 500.
# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for 2016 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

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