Chase Elliot Claims Daytona 500 Pole
The 58th running of the "Great American Race", the Daytona 500, is less than a week away. After the Sprint Unlimited race on Saturday that opened up the season, Sunday's qualifying event was the main focus for drivers.
The qualifying event solidifies the front row positions for the Daytona 500 while the rest of the positions are set on Thursday in the Gatorade Duel qualifying races.
On Sunday, Chase Elliot grabbed the pole position for the event. Elliot, who replaces the legendary Jeff Gordon in the #24 car, will start in the exact position Gordon started in the race last year; first. The 20-year old rookie becomes the youngest pole-sitter in Daytona 500 history and looks to follow in the footsteps of Gordon and his father Bill Elliot who won the Daytona 500 twice in his career.
Matt Kenseth will start next to Elliot. This was Kenseth's best qualifying effort of his career in the Daytona 500. The green flag on the race drops at 2p.m. on Sunday February 21st.