She is racing in the Daytona 500 next Sunday, a one-off before her official retirement from stock-car racing. Six of Earnhardt's 17 career victories at Daytona International Speedway came in that auto, including one of his Daytona 500 victories. She cried the day she said goodbye during an emotional press conference in Homestead I November.
Other notable times: In his Team Penske debut Ryan Blaney was 15th quickest (193.228mph); 2017 Daytona 500 victor Kurt Busch was 17th quickest (192.810mph), rookie Bubba Wallace was 25th (191.742mph); defending series champion Martin Truex was 26th fastest (191.481mph); and Danica Patrick was 28th (191.160mph). And that's given John Probst, NASCAR Managing Director for Competition and Innovation, some peace of mind as the system makes its debut in the days leading up to Sunday's Daytona 500 (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM). Bowman elected to stay with Hendrick Motorsports as a test and simulation driver in 2017 instead of drive for another team and was rewarded with the job of being Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement in 2018. "I feel like I can do what I need to do in the race vehicle, and that's going to take care of itself".
Denny Hamlin qualified second in a Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing. Only the top two cars locked in spots for next Sundays season-opening race in this round of qualifying. It very well could have an impact on the race as nearly everyone in the field is now accustomed to running the race without many handling issues.
Bowman, the driver tabbed to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt missed the second half of that season with a concussion, and Bowman was tabbed to fill in for 10 of those races.
Bowman was the most impressive Hendrick driver on Sunday, but the rest weren't far behind him. He has coursework due every Monday, but in anticipation of being focused on preparing for the Daytona 500 he turned in his assignments early before traveling to Daytona International Speedway. Having won the pole in his first Daytona 500 tries in 2016 and 2017, Elliott advanced to the Round of 12 but wound up 10th. "I'm just proud of everybody at Hendrick and everybody at Chevrolet. It's Daytona", he said. He led all drivers with eight victories, while no one else won more than five races. Jimmie Johnson finished third, William Byron was fifth, and Chase Elliott was 10th. The driver simply turns the laps on qualifying day, and the fastest cars climb to the top. "I was a little nervous for that second round, but we took off well on pit road and did everything I could do".
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Eury was crew chief for 51 races over three Xfinity Series seasons with Patrick.
"I literally am so ecstatic", Hamlin said.
Patrick, 35, got the one-off gig at Daytona thanks to Premium Motorsports, which owns a NASCAR charter that guarantees her a spot in the February 18 restrictor-plate scrum.
"It's worked very well, but we learn every day, nearly with every vehicle", Probst said.
"I don't know if we quite figured it out yet". There's not a whole lot you can do when you get down here. You can't really hide at these kinds of racetracks. His lap of 44.625 measured at 201.681 miles per hour narrowly ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr's lap of 44.632. "I think the hard part was getting to that point". "The speed is better than we expected". GoDaddy made a decision to rejoin Patrick for her final two races, and she reached out to Eury to set up her Daytona ride. She also reunited with longtime sponsor GoDaddy, which will back her in the Indy 500, too.