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February 11, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Hendrick Motorsports Dominate Daytona Speedweeks Opening Weekend

It was a familiar site down in Daytona this weekend with Hendrick Motorsports drivers dominating next Sunday’s 500 qualifying. Sophomore driver William Byron put the iconic 24 car on the pole for the first time in his career, fifth year in a row for Hendrick and first for the duo of Byron and crew chief Chad Knaus who made the switch from Jimmie Johnson in the off-season. Last year’s pole sitter Alex Bowman will start second. The final two spots in the top four were filled by Hendrick driver’s Johnson and Chase Elliott; however, only Byron and Bowman are locked into the main event with the remaining drivers qualifying in Thursday’s Gander RV Duel qualifying races.

 

The Hendrick dominance didn’t stop at qualifying. Jimmie Johnson, who after going winless last season and driving with a new crew chief for the first time in his career, took the checkered in the afternoon’s Advance Auto Parts Clash. The rain shortened Clash completed 59 of the 75 scheduled with Johnson taking the lead for good on the 56th lap following a wreck triggered by his side by side racing with then leader Paul Menard. The wreck would damage 17 of the 20 cars in the field.

Next up from Daytona Speedweeks are the 150-mile duels starting Thursday at 7pm ET.

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