Alex Bowman captures pole for NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500

15 February, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Danica Patrick speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead Fla. Friday Nov. 17 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in this year's Dayt

Patrick, who became the first woman to win a pole position and lead laps in NASCAR's premier series when she qualified first for the 2013 Daytona 500, is eligible for The Clash, and the 75-lap warmup on the 2.5-mile oval provides a good refresher for drivers getting re-acclimated to the draft.

Now retired, the empty seat in the No. 88 went to Bowman, and he wasted little time making the Camaro his own. I never thought it would have happened after the path my career took. Once you get over the fear that he'll tap the wall and realize that he is in absolute control of the 42 machine, you'll find it hard to fathom that he's ever lost there. He also won the K&N Pro Series East championship in 2015.

Truex has never won a superspeedway race in his Cup career and his runner-up finish in 2016 is his only top-five finish at Daytona International Speedway in 25 career starts.

The 20-year-old Byron, one of four Cup drivers at Hendrick Motorsports, takes online classes at Liberty University. The organization entered a handful of races toward the end of the 2017 season with Josh Berry and Matt Mills. Jimmie Johnson finished third, William Byron was fifth, and Chase Elliott was 10th.

Earnhardt tweeted congratulations to his replacement, who also won a Cup pole while filling in for Earnhardt in 2016. The 24-year-old admitted his nerves when he got out of the auto.

The youthfulness within Hendrick has seemingly provided a boost to its patriarch.

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A sponsorship deal with GoDaddy to close her racing career with Daytona and the Indianapolis 500 was announced last month and was followed by confirmation of Premium Motorsports as the NASCAR team fielding her vehicle.

"I couldn't have written a better story about how this would all fall into place, Patrick said recently". We've already changed some things that we do here with lineups, how we roll the cars on and how we stage the cars, where we stage the crew members.

"But to see the excitement with the team, the way they're working together, it's just a lot of fun". "You need one to break through".

The look removes the traditional scoring ticker, used by Fox's coverage since it took over NASCAR in 2001, replacing it with a sidebar leaderboard, mimicking the scoring pylon located at most race tracks.

"It'd be disappointing, but I'm not (nervous)", Patrick said. "Just so thankful to be able to do this, I'm very blessed to be able to call driving a racecar my job and now I get to drive what I think is the best racecar in the business, it's a dream come true". It's cool. It kind of gives me a chance to get away from everything for a little bit.

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