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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start on the front row after winning the pole Sunday for the season-opening Daytona 500 next week at Daytona International Speedway.

Stenhouse turned a fast lap at 194.582 miles per hour to claim the pole, edging Alex Bowman for the top spot. The other starting positions for the Daytona 500 will be set by Thursday's qualifying races.

Bowman teammates Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson were the next fastest followed by 2019 victor Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, William Byron, rookie Christopher Bell and Eric Jones.

When Roush Fenway Racing released him, he was without a team in September.

Team Penske's Will Power is among those who'd welcome Johnson, saying "I think that would be pretty cool to have him" once he's free to pick and choose where the next chapters of his career are written.

If he doesn't win the Daytona 500 he is gnawing at the stormy Busch, he's not letting it pass.

"It hurt me that I couldn't bring that trophy home and that Denny could bring two home, but that's only part of the races", Busch said.

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"As a race vehicle driver, there's not much you can do to make them go faster", Bowman said.

As he soaked in the moment, Stenhouse marveled at the effort by his team, appreciative of their support through his transition to a new team and new situation. "I'm just thankful for the opportunity to be here and bring guys with me like (crew chief) Brian (Pattie) and Mike (Kelley)".

© Provided by Associated Press Alex Bowman climbs out of his vehicle after his run during NASCAR auto race qualifying at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Justin Haley and Brendan Gaughan, the youngest and oldest drivers on the Daytona 500 entry list, landed those. It was his third and final Cup Series start in 2019.

"It takes a lot of people in the shop to make this auto as fast as it is", he said. "Hopefully we can get it done this year or whenever, sometime or another, before it's all said and done for myself to be able to at least have one". "This is still the Daytona 500, something I've always dreamed about". I think it was his to win.

The 44-year-old Gaughan plans to make four starts this year - all at superspeedways - before retiring.

"I never knew when the last one was going to be", Gaughan said. "You can't make it go any faster". I know what I can do. So this goes out to the whole shop and I've got to thank our other partners as well.

  • Lawrence Cooper