Stenhouse, who went out 18th of the 42 cars who attempted to qualify, posted a blistering lap of 194.582 miles per hour which held up the rest of the session to give him the pole for Sunday's Daytona 500.
"It hurt me that I couldn't bring that trophy home and that Denny could bring two home, but that's only part of the races", Busch said. Both Stenhouse and Bowman are the only drivers locked into their starting position for next Sunday's 500.
"As a race auto driver, there's not much you can do to make them go faster", Bowman said. With his career-long ties to Chevy, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the relationship continue with a Chevy-powered IndyCar team if and when the two-time Daytona 500 victor takes part in his first open-wheel race.
Running to the front in the high line, Stewart contained two Penske cars in the last exciting laps.
"Yeah, there's a handful of us that feel like we have something to prove", Stenhouse said. That was a huge move for me going over there, bringing people that I'm familiar with that have always been in my corner. I think it was his to win.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on February 9, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. He crashed into a concrete wall in a race the day before the Daytona 500 of 2015 and broke his right leg and left foot.
There was an opportunity in Sunday qualifying for two teams that don't hold charters to lock into the field, and the slots went to Brendan Gaughan and Justin Haley.
Haley was the surprise victor of last July's rain-shortened race at Daytona, getting the victory for Spire Motorsports during a lengthy weather delay. I wasn't really aware of where the winds were for all the other guys, so I was a little anxious about that, but obviously didn't hurt us too bad.
The start-up team doesn't have a backup auto on hand and expects to be really cautious during its qualifying race. "I think we're going to have a pretty good vehicle for the race". But there were a little bit of nerves even though I have a couple of Cup starts. And the winds started picking up there, down the back straightaway; a little headwind for the other guys, so I'm really proud to put our Kroger Chevy on the pole on Kroger pole day for the Daytona 500.
The 44-year-old Gaughan plans to make four starts this year - all at superspeedways - before retiring.
"I never knew when the last one was going to be", Gaughan said.
Daniel Suarez, who is entering his first season with Gaunt Bros Racing, will have to race his way into the Daytona 500 after he posted the 36th best speed. "We knew that we would have a lot of challenges and that we didn't also have the raw speed, but I know what I can do". I know what I can do.
"I'm looking forward to hopefully continuing this momentum on Thursday".
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