Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement takes Daytona 500 pole. First mission accomplished

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement takes Daytona 500 pole. First mission accomplished

Bowman topped Sunday's qualifying run for the Daytona 500 with a top speed of 195.644 miles per hour, thus putting him on the pole for first race of the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series season.

Denny Hamlin will line up alongside Bowman after recording a speed of 195.092 miles per hour in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to nab the second starting spot for the "Great American Race".

"We come here and go for the win and not worry about points, don't worry about stage points and stage wins".

"When I think next Sunday comes, I'm sure I'll be a lot more retrospective or introspective and emotional about the finality of it, and just have a little bit more perspective", Patrick said. "Its a dream come true just to drive for Hendrick Motorsports". "I feel like I can do what I need to do in the race auto, and that's going to take care of itself".

Hamlin qualified on the outside pole for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

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Bowman, 24, had won Earnhardt's vote as his replacement after he retired at the end of last season.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Indeed, pole qualifying is a display of horsepower and there's no doubt that Hendrick Motorsports has it for "The Great American Race".

"Just a little nerve-wracking", he said. "From a performance standpoint, he's someone who can look after me, but also from a comfort standpoint - I don't have to try to win the Daytona 500 with somebody I never met before", she said. Bowman raced just three times on the national level last season, two Xfinity Series races and one in the Truck Series, and filled his time using a simulator as he waited for Earnhardt to retire. In the inaugural Daytona 500 that year, Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the victor following a photo finish, but a three-day review confirmed Lee Petty had won. Truex won eight races in the 2017 season, tops of any driver in the series. His Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick had the fastest Ford at eighth and was followed by Roush Fenway Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won two plate races last season. Once you get over the fear that he'll tap the wall and realize that he is in absolute control of the 42 machine, you'll find it hard to fathom that he's ever lost there. "The speed is better than we expected".

But she's not. Just days before her last stock vehicle race, Patrick is at peace with leaving the track. And really, it's a process she said she's been immersed in throughout much of 2017.

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