William Byron wins pole position for 2019 Daytona 500

Tanner Berryhill during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on Sunday Nov. 11 2018 in Avondale Ariz. More

Tanner Berryhill during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on Sunday Nov. 11 2018 in Avondale Ariz. More

Bowman finished 17th a year ago from the No. 1 spot.

Leading into Sunday, stories surrounding Jimmie Johnson concerned his potential to bounce back from a frustrating 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series campaign with new crew chief Kevin Meendering. It was a really humbling experience to win at Daytona.

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Johnson called the invocation "cute to hear".

With Byron not eligible to run the Clash, the 21-year-old made the most of Sunday, scoring his first Cup pole to start his second season.

If this was a sequel to "Days of Thunder", with Randy Quaid again playing a version of Hendrick, the auto owner might guarantee a Daytona 500 victory. The new NASCAR collections are now available on the ISlide website (https://www.islideusa.com/pages/official-nascar-collection) just in time for the Daytona 500 Race on February 17, 2019. "We work good together".

Soon after the conclusion of the 2018 season, the race team announced plans to enter its No. 97 in all Cup Series races in 2019 with Berryhill as 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.

"I think everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, not just the No. 48 team, has worked really hard over the offseason, and I think some of it showed today".

He added, "If you can get a few cars to commit with you, you can make it happen".

"We were just at his house, I guess, last weekend visiting his wife and his son, and hanging out with our two girls", Johnson said. It's all I've ever raced. What a great day for Chevrolet, our organization, and these drivers. When Johnson scuffled through the worst season of his career, he felt the strain of not reaching victory lane. He also was under mounting pressure from his youngest daughter, who had prayed every night for Daddy to win again. On Sunday, Johnson ducked out under Paul Menard and the air seemed to suck the two cars together.

"Extremely excited to win", Johnson said. "I was going down into Turn 1 and it was looking darker and darker". And the racing formula for the showcase race is unlike the remainder of the NASCAR schedule, in which a completely different rules package will be used to determine the champion.

The coveted starting spot hasn't meant much for NASCAR's season opener over the last two decades, though. But it's exactly what Hendrick needed for his team to show it will be better this year.

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