Patrick arrives in Daytona for 1st stop of 'Danica Double'

Danica Patrick speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead Fla. Friday Nov. 17 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in this year's Dayt

Danica Patrick speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead Fla. Friday Nov. 17 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in this year's Dayt

Alex Bowman, Earnhardt's replacement at Hendrick Motorsports, won the pole Sunday for next weekend's Daytona 500, the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series season. But a concussion forced Earnhardt to miss the second half the season, which gave Bowman a 10-race audition for HMS owner Rick Hendrick.

After posting the fifth-fastest lap for Daytona 500 pole qualifying Sunday, Byron said he will have to catch up on his college class work. Jeff Gordon was the pole-sitter in 2015 before Chase Elliott went back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. That's what we're here for. "I have never won anything here during Speedweeks and I feel like I have choked them away to be quite honest", Keselowski said.

"It's a dream come true just to drive for Hendrick Motorsports", Bowman said.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't behind the wheel of the No. 88 vehicle anymore, but his replacement is already carrying on the car's storied legacy.

Denny Hamlin will join Bowman on the front row after reaching 195.092 miles per hour during his qualifying run. Only the front row was locked in during Sunday's qualifying session. "I think the hard part was getting to that point". "I'm very blessed to be able to call driving a race vehicle my job, and now to get to drive what I think is the best race auto in the business". I do it basically before I get to the racetrack, and it's fun. "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.

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While she burst into tears seconds after sitting down in front of the microphone to share that news, she's had nearly three months to come to terms with it. But I'm sure it would have been extra, you know what I mean?

"So, we would have surely found a way to put something together, but it just didn't come together fast enough". The 75-lap race consists exclusively of drivers who have won a pole in the 2017 season or made the playoffs.

We'll see if the change produces a better product, but it seems like it will be beneficial to most drivers. She will also race in the Indianapolis 500 in May, though her ride has yet to be announced.

"Everything is the same as it was before as far as showing up to Daytona without having driven since Homestead, so that is no different", she said.

He easily could have won last year's final race but displayed veteran class when he laid off and let Kyle Busch and Truex Jr. race for the cup.

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