William Byron set the fastest time in the first-line qualifiers on Sunday, securing pole position for the Daytona 500 2019 on Feb. 17. This is the first career pole for the 21-year-old NASCAR Cup and the 700th for Chevrolet.

Alex Bowman, his teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, and last year's pole guard, will be on the front row alongside Byron in "The Great American Race". His teammates, Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott, had the best score with the third and fourth best times, but their starting positions will be determined by Thursday's duels.

Although winning the pole is advantageous, especially in qualifying for The Clash next year, a Cup Series driver has not won the Daytona 500 since first place in almost 20 years. And although Dale Jarrett was the last to do it in 2000, Jeff Gordon won pole and race at Daytona 500 20 years ago in the same car # 24 for the same team.

Byron's pole also marks the start of the Chad Knaus era in team # 24. Knaus, of course, is known to have requisitioned Team # 48 from Jimmie Johnson to seven championships. Knaus and Johnson separated after the 2018 season, with Kevin Meendering taking over from Team # 48.

If Byron won the checkered flag at Daytona on Sunday, he would become the second consecutive driver to do so with a 40-to-1 rating. He has already proven that he could win on the track, as in the Xfinity Series for the owner of the car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2017, before winning the championship of this series.

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