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Chase Elliott takes back-to-back NASCAR Daytona 500 poles

Elliott and Earnhardt on 2017 Daytona 500 NASCAR front row

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.

Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Ford, NASCAR Daytona 2017

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:

PosDriverTeamCarTimeGap
1Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet46.663s-
2Dale Earnhardt Jr.Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet46.665s0.002s
3Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeFord46.707s0.044s
4Clint BowyerStewart-Haas RacingFord46.736s0.073s
5Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row RacingToyota46.800s0.137s
6Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyota46.823s0.160s
7Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFord46.829s0.166s
8Kasey KahneHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet46.853s0.190s
9Matt KensethJoe Gibbs RacingToyota46.871s0.208s
10Ryan NewmanRichard Childress RacingChevrolet46.876s0.213s
11Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyota46.932s0.269s
12Ty DillonGermain RacingChevrolet47.009s0.346s

QUALIFYING ROUND ONE:

PosDriverTeamCarTimeGap
1Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet46.800s-
2Dale Earnhardt Jr.Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet46.810s0.010s
3Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeFord46.820s0.020s
4Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row RacingToyota46.826s0.026s
5Matt KensethJoe Gibbs RacingToyota46.840s0.040s
6Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyota46.845s0.045s
7Clint BowyerStewart-Haas RacingFord46.854s0.054s
8Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyota46.855s0.055s
9Ryan NewmanRichard Childress RacingChevrolet46.859s0.059s
10Kasey KahneHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet46.864s0.064s
11Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFord46.867s0.067s
12Ty DillonGermain RacingChevrolet46.869s0.069s
13Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway RacingFord46.874s0.074s
14Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet46.900s0.100s
15Daniel SuarezJoe Gibbs RacingToyota46.905s0.105s
16Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet46.923s0.123s
17Joey LoganoTeam PenskeFord46.929s0.129s
18Ryan BlaneyWood Brothers RacingFord46.937s0.137s
19Trevor BayneRoush Fenway RacingFord46.944s0.144s
20Erik JonesFurniture Row RacingToyota46.950s0.150s
21Paul MenardRichard Childress RacingChevrolet46.989s0.189s
22Kurt BuschStewart-Haas RacingFord47.017s0.217s
23Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet47.023s0.223s
24Danica PatrickStewart-Haas RacingFord47.042s0.242s
25Aric AlmirolaRichard Petty MotorsportsFord47.123s0.323s
26Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevrolet47.127s0.327s
27Landon CassillFront Row MotorsportsFord47.285s0.485s
28A.J. AllmendingerJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet47.298s0.498s
29Matt DiBenedettoGo FAS RacingFord47.355s0.555s
30Michael McDowellLeavine Family RacingChevrolet47.438s0.638s
31Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet47.513s0.713s
32David RaganFront Row MotorsportsFord47.518s0.718s
33Brendan GaughanBeard MotorsportsChevrolet47.545s0.745s
34Cole WhittTriStar MotorsportsFord47.592s0.792s
35Michael WaltripPremium MotorsportsToyota47.599s0.799s
36Elliott SadlerTommy Baldwin RacingChevrolet47.730s0.930s
37Reed SorensonPremium MotorsportsToyota48.043s1.243s
38D.J. KenningtonGaunt Brothers RacingToyota48.175s1.375s
39Joey GaseBK RacingToyota48.428s1.628s
40Corey LaJoieBK RacingToyota48.584s1.784s
41Jeffrey EarnhardtCircle Sport / TMGChevrolet48.710s1.910s
42Timmy HillRick Ware RacingChevrolet48.886s2.086s

Qualifying sets only the front row for the Daytona 500. All other places set by Duel race results on Thursday.

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