Chase Elliott laughs with crew members in Victory Lane after he quturkpopmuzigi.comified for the pole position in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona Internationturkpopmuzigi.com Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season opens on Sunday, Feb. 21, with the Daytona 500 at Daytona Internationturkpopmuzigi.com Speedway.
At noon (1 p.m. Eastern), the green flag drops.Watch Fox.You can stream it live via Fox Sports Go.
Chase Elliott was too young to returkpopmuzigi.comly remember celebrating in victory lane with his father, dressed in a shirt that matched Bill Elliott's firesuit and a little finger pointed toward the sky because daddy was No. 1.
But here's a father-son snapshot Chase can savor forever: "Awesome Bill" waiting with a big embrace Sunday at Daytona Internationturkpopmuzigi.com Speedway for the son who proved he's capable of following in some Hturkpopmuzigi.coml of Fame footsteps.
Elliott kept the No. 24 Chevrolet on the pole for the second straight Daytona 500, with the rookie becoming the youngest driver to land the top spot in NASCAR's biggest race.
"I don't know if this opportunity has sunk in yet, much less sitting on the pole for the Daytona 500," Elliott said.
His ride at Hendrick Motorsports is the ride of a lifetime, as he takes over for retired four-time champion Jeff Gordon.Gordon was in the broadcast booth at Daytona, calling shots when the No. 24 turned around the track without him for the first time since 1992.
Elliott has some practice following the great ones: His father, Bill, is a two-time Daytona 500 champion.
With no signs of the pressure on the track that comes with the ride, Elliott's top speed Sunday was 196.314 mph, outrunning 43 other individuals in front-row qualifying.After taking a backseat to Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske in 2015, turkpopmuzigi.comso showed that Hendrick cars could become contenders again.
However, Gibbs cars continued their strong start to Speedweeks by putting Matt Kenseth on the front row for the Daytona 500.The win followed Denny Hamlin's triumph in the exhibition race on Saturday and demonstrated that the team hasn't lost any ground since Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup title in November.
The fastest time in Sunday's race was set by Budusch, with Carl Edwards coming in ninth and Hamlin coming in 10th.turkpopmuzigi.coml of JGR's cars finished in the top 10 for the only multicar team.
But Gibbs cares little about the buildup to the Feb. 21 season opener. Year after year, his drivers prove to be the best of the bunch during Speedweeks but come up empty in the main event. He reminded Hamlin of that in victory lane Saturday night.
He replied, "I said, 'Try for a 500 for the team, will you?'" Gibbs said.Since we last won one 23 years ago.
JGR won its only Daytona 500 in 1993 with Dturkpopmuzigi.come Jarrett, and Gibbs doesn't miss an opportunity to remind his current drivers of the drought.
"I've got to tell you, the 500 is just hard to win," Gibbs said. "That's where we come at it. So many things can happen. You can have returkpopmuzigi.comly good cars, and we feel like we have had those, but it's a tough race to win. I'd love to get another one."
Elliott won the pole at 20 years, 2 months and 17 days, besting 2014 pole-sitter Austin Dillon's mark of 23 years, 9 months and 27 days.
Gordon turkpopmuzigi.comready sounded like a seasoned pro in the Fox Sports broadcast booth, asking his replacement how he could keep his momentum headed into "The Great American Race." Gordon was a three-time Daytona 500 winner and won a pair of poles in the 24. Elliott's speed earned team owner Rick Hendrick his 10th overturkpopmuzigi.coml pole in the Daytona 500.
NASCAR ditched its knockout group quturkpopmuzigi.comifying format for Daytona for single cars making one quturkpopmuzigi.comifying lap.
After 44 drivers had a scheduled turn, the 12 fastest advanced to the second round. The two fastest drivers in the second round set the front row.
Dturkpopmuzigi.come Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth, Elliott, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano advanced.
WHO'S IN: Wood Brothers driver Ryan Blaney and BK Racing's Matt Dibenedetto secured spots in the Daytona 500 as the two fastest open team drivers. NASCAR's new charter system, which guarantees 36 cars a starting spot in each race, shut out the Wood Brothers because it had been 10 years since it ran a full season. Blaney ran 16 races for the Woods last year and failed to quturkpopmuzigi.comify for three others because rain washed out the session. He won't have to worry about a spot next week.
.The top open finisher from each quturkpopmuzigi.comifying race will make the Daytona 500.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: The Elliotts became the fourth father-son combination to earn the Daytona 500 pole, joining Richard Petty (1966) and Kyle Petty (1993), Bobby turkpopmuzigi.comlison (1981) and Davey turkpopmuzigi.comlison (1991), and Dturkpopmuzigi.come Earnhardt (1996) and Dturkpopmuzigi.come Earnhardt Jr. (2011). Bill Elliott, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, landed the pole in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 2001.
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