Chase Elliott takes back-to-back NASCAR Daytona 500 poles
|Sunday, February 19th 2017, 22:14 GMT|
Chase Elliott beat Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Dale Earnhardt Jr in qualifying for the NASCAR Cup opener to claim back-to-back pole positions for the Daytona 500.
Elliott edged Earnhardt by just 0.002 seconds with a time of 46.663s, while Team Penske's Brad Keselowski missed out on pole by 0.046s in third place.
The result means Elliott becomes the first man since Ken Schrader in 1989/90 to take consecutive Daytona 500 poles, while Earnhardt will start his first championship race since his 2016 illness absence from second.
In the now-unique Daytona single-car qualifying format, the top 12 drivers from the first round go through to a pole shootout that determines the front row for next Sunday's race.
The remainder of the 500 grid is set by the results of the two Duel races on Thursday.
On his debut as Tony Stewart's replacement at Stewart-Haas, Clint Bowyer went fourth quickest.
The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas had dominated most of the Clash race earlier in the day, but were not such a factor in qualifying trim - Denny Hamlin the team's top runner in sixth behind Martin Truex Jr.
Reigning champion Jimmie Johnson missed out on round two qualifying by 0.031s, taking 14th just between Ricky Stenhouse Jr and rookie Daniel Suarez.
Practice pacesetter and Clash race winner Joey Logano was only 17th.
Germain Racing's Ty Dillon was the most notable underdog to reach the second round, taking 12th behind 2015 Cup champion Kyle Busch.
QUALIFYING ROUND 2:
|1||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||46.663s||-|
|2||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||46.665s||0.002s|
|3||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||46.707s||0.044s|
|4||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||46.736s||0.073s|
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||46.800s||0.137s|
|6||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||46.823s||0.160s|
|7||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||46.829s||0.166s|
|8||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||46.853s||0.190s|
|9||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||46.871s||0.208s|
|10||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||46.876s||0.213s|
|11||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||46.932s||0.269s|
|12||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||47.009s||0.346s|
QUALIFYING ROUND ONE:
|1||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||46.800s||-|
|2||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||46.810s||0.010s|
|3||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||46.820s||0.020s|
|4||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||46.826s||0.026s|
|5||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||46.840s||0.040s|
|6||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||46.845s||0.045s|
|7||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||46.854s||0.054s|
|8||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||46.855s||0.055s|
|9||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||46.859s||0.059s|
|10||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||46.864s||0.064s|
|11||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||46.867s||0.067s|
|12||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||46.869s||0.069s|
|13||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||46.874s||0.074s|
|14||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||46.900s||0.100s|
|15||Daniel Suarez||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||46.905s||0.105s|
|16||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||46.923s||0.123s|
|17||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||46.929s||0.129s|
|18||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||46.937s||0.137s|
|19||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||46.944s||0.144s|
|20||Erik Jones||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||46.950s||0.150s|
|21||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||46.989s||0.189s|
|22||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||47.017s||0.217s|
|23||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||47.023s||0.223s|
|24||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||47.042s||0.242s|
|25||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||47.123s||0.323s|
|26||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||47.127s||0.327s|
|27||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||47.285s||0.485s|
|28||A.J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||47.298s||0.498s|
|29||Matt DiBenedetto||Go FAS Racing||Ford||47.355s||0.555s|
|30||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||47.438s||0.638s|
|31||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||47.513s||0.713s|
|32||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||47.518s||0.718s|
|33||Brendan Gaughan||Beard Motorsports||Chevrolet||47.545s||0.745s|
|34||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports||Ford||47.592s||0.792s|
|35||Michael Waltrip||Premium Motorsports||Toyota||47.599s||0.799s|
|36||Elliott Sadler||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||47.730s||0.930s|
|37||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Toyota||48.043s||1.243s|
|38||D.J. Kennington||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||48.175s||1.375s|
|39||Joey Gase||BK Racing||Toyota||48.428s||1.628s|
|40||Corey LaJoie||BK Racing||Toyota||48.584s||1.784s|
|41||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Circle Sport / TMG||Chevrolet||48.710s||1.910s|
|42||Timmy Hill||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||48.886s||2.086s|
Qualifying sets only the front row for the Daytona 500. All other places set by Duel race results on Thursday.