Chevy hopes for a return in 2019 with a Daytona Pole swwep

Chevy hopes for a return in 2019 with a Daytona Pole swwep

Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon, Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott, Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola, Roush Fenway Racing's Ryan Newman and Stewart-Haas Racing's Daniel Suarez rounded out the top 10 by finishing in sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place in their #3 Chevrolet, #9 Chevrolet, #10 Ford, #6 Ford and #41 Ford, respectively.

"And then internally, we've only talked about winning races".

Johnson said there definitely wasn't intent. "Is that not enough cars?' But take the Clash away ... make it a point race or make it one of the weekends we take off the schedule".

Johnson triggered a wreck that wiped out almost the entire 20-car field at Daytona and zipped to the lead to win the rain-shortened exhibition Clash on Sunday.

"That's a pretty fantastic feat, I feel", said longtime Hendrick crew chief Chad Knaus, who is entering his first season with Byron after 18 years with Johnson. I was inside of him for a little while before things went haywire, so I don't know what caused his auto to get out of control. Johnson's win continued a banner day for Hendrick Motorsports. Will Hendrick show this same speed in a 200 lap race? I got that move inside of him and was hopeful the 1 (of Kurt Busch) was gonna be following me through.

"There's just different things that any and every team and driver deal with, so to work through that today and to win today just kind of, I think, helps with some of that outside pressure on where the team is".

Rick Hendrick smiled widely and acknowledged that his team's 1-2-3-4 sweep of Daytona 500 pole qualifying is as good an omen as his championship organization could hope for. So I don't know what caused it. "We continued with the Wednesday, Feb. 6, press conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with great optimism about our program coming together in time to make it to Daytona International Speedway".

The last pole sitter to win the race was Dale Jarrett in 2000. Restrictor plates usually do end this way. "I can't put it into words", Harrison Burton said. It gels together and it's made that transition a lot easier.

Little did they know what was about to happen before the final red flag that called the race.

It was well past halfway, the forecast called for rain throughout the evening, and it was clear that the race was going to come down to a series of demolition derbies to decide the outcome.

Burton turned 18 in October to meet the age requirement to race on the biggest and fastest NASCAR-sanctioned tracks.

Onwards to The Duels and the Great American Race.

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