Chase Elliott wins Daytona 500 pole for second straight year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott found himself in familiar territory Sunday — on the pole for the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl.
In doing so, the Hendrick Motorsports driver, who was the final driver to take a qualifying run in the final group of 12, denied teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt was on the pole briefly, having gone out just before Elliott. But Elliott’s qualifying speed of 192.872 mph bested Earnhardt’s (192.864).
“I certainly would have loved to have gotten a pole, but my boss man is happy,” Earnhardt said. “I just talked to him on the phone, and he’s got to be thrilled with having his cars up front.”
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Four father-son combinations have started the Great American Race from the pole: Bobby and Davey Allison; Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Richard and Kyle Petty; and the Elliotts.
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