Chase Elliott becomes youngest Daytona 500 pole-sitter in history
At 20 years, 2 months and 17 days Elliott becomes the youngest pole-sitter for the Great American Race. His feat also makes Chase and Bill Elliott the fourth father-son combination to win poles for the event
Elliott, who posted the third fastest time in the first round for one of the 12 transfer spots in the final bumped Kyle Busch from the top spot with a lap of 196.314 mph. The final two qualifiers — Matt Kenseth and Elliott's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., the top qualifier in Round 1, had nothing for the No. 24 NAPA Chevy.
"This has nothing to do with me, it's all these guys," said the 20-year-old. "Excited to sit on the front row for Sunday."
Kenseth was second with a lap of 196.036 mph and will share the front row with Elliott for the 58th running of the Daytona 500. The remaining starting positions will be determined by the Can-Am Duels on Thursday.
Earnhardt's lap of 195.682 mph was third quick followed by Kyle Busch (195.207 mph), Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who posted the top lap for a Ford (195.118 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (194.746 mph).
Ryan Blaney, the only open team to transfer into the second round posted the seventh quick time of 194.746 mph. Austin Dillon, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano rounded out the top 12 qualifiers.
Of the 44 cars entered in the Daytona 500, Martin Truex Jr. was the only driver not to make a lap. NASCAR officials discovered an issue with the right roof flap on the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.
In the first round of qualifying, Dale Earnhardt Jr. topped the charts with a lap of 195.788mph. He was joined in the pole-deciding second round by Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano.
Logano bumped Casey Mears out of the second round by a mere .001 of a second.
Among the non-charter teams that are forced to qualify into the race, Blaney was quickest and secured a position in the 500 for Wood Brothers Racing. Matt DiBenedetto in the BK Racing Toyota also locked himself into the big show.
This article by Lee Spencer originally appeared on Motorsport.com, the world's leader in auto racing news, photos and video.
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