William Byron Wins Daytona 500 Pole

William Byron Wins Daytona 500 Pole

"So this year to have them right on top of each other just means that the organization did a heck of a job, engine shop, body shop, teams working together".

After what Motorsport.com reporter Jim Utter proclaimed as the longest short race in NASCAR history, the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona has concluded.

It was the seventh Clash victory for Hendrick Motorsports and Johnson's second.

"It's just unbelievable to have the four cars qualify like that, and then to have Jimmie win the Clash". "I was being the pusher and I thought we could clean him on the outside lane. It feels good to see [crew chief] Kevin [Meendering] and Jimmie have success today and good to see [crew chief] Chad [Knaus] and William have success". Wallace, who drives for seven-time DAYTONA 500 champion Richard Petty, finished second in the DAYTONA 500 past year. Sunday's performances answered that question.

"It was putting some pressure on me", Johnson said. "I'm proud that we were able to make the bottom work at least a little bit, but it's just tough sledding down there". "It's not a points race but it's a good start". Knaus reciprocated, going to victory lane to congratulate his former driver. No, it doesn't pay any points and doesn't count toward playoff qualifying, but the 75-lap exhibition race is the first event on the NASCAR calendar, so that's worth something. A relationship that looks to go on for many years if Johnson has anything to say about it.

"I knew I wanted Gilliland behind me", Burton said. Listen to us discuss the Great American Motorsport, NASCAR! I've had that question for 35 years, or as many years as I've run two cars.

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Knaus' and Byron's pole didn't come with the controversy that accompanied Johnson's victory.

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.

Menard reclaimed the lead as Johnson caught up to him. The move turned Menard in front of the field, triggering a 17-car crash. A multi-car incident on Lap 79 forced the race into an overtime situation beyond the scheduled distance of 80 laps.

"The track hasn't aged enough, grip seems decent still, that I don't see us spreading out enough to race like we used to here", Busch said. I'm very remorseful. I'm probably more remorseful than any driver in the field when stuff like this happens. It's the last way I want to win a race. Johnson didn't deny it.

"We couldn't ask for a better way to start the year", Meendering said. "That's what we do". About twenty minutes later, the race resumed as Menard and the Team Penske trio of Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney followed him behind. NASCAR disagreed and Johnson kept the victory.

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