2019 Daytona 500 qualifying: William Byron, Alex Bowman to start from front row
The NASCAR season officially is back.
As qualifying for the Daytona 500 wrapped up Sunday, Hendrick Motorsport teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman, the reigning Daytona 500 pole winner, will start from the front row for the 61st annual showdown at the Daytona International Speedway.
Byron, earning his first career pole, finished with the top time of 46.319 at the end of the second round to earn the pole position, while Bowman had the second-best time with a 46.355 and will start alongside his teammate on the front row.
The 21-year-old Byron becomes the 42nd different driver to win the Daytona pole.
The front row spots for next Sunday's Great American Race were set through Daytona's unique qualifying format that involved a two-round, single-vehicle format on the 2.5-mile super speedway. The rest of the starting lineup (positions 3-40) will be determined through the Gander RV Duels.
The first Duel race will take place Thursday at 7 p.m., while the second will start at 9 p.m. ET.