Hendrick horsepower sweeps qualifying for Daytona 500

Doug Mendoza
February 13, 2019

A few hours later, Johnson finally won a race after none last season. His teammate Alex Bowman came in 2nd, Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by Chase Elliot, all four of them race for Hendrick Motorsports.

"Last year sucked. I ain't gonna do that no more", Hendrick told The Associated Press just one week before his cars left North Carolina for Daytona. Hendrick, after all, is from a romantic time in NASCAR when a auto salesman from Virginia could scrape together the money to enter the Daytona 500 and turn a fledgling little Chevrolet team into one of the most valuable properties in sports.

"I think we all aggressively side draft at these tracks", Johnson said.

Hendrick still has his folksy Southern charm, still longs for those simpler days of racing, still wants to arrive in Daytona knowing his cars are the very best in the field.

William Byron captured his first career pole in qualifying for the Daytona 500 to lead a Hendrick Motorsports charge of the four fastest cars. Wallace, who drives for seven-time DAYTONA 500 champion Richard Petty, finished second in the DAYTONA 500 past year.

The rest of the 40-car lineup will be set by two qualifying races Thursday.

VALDOSTA -Due to a rain-delayed race, Jimmie Johnson won the Advanced Autoparts Clash after passing Paul Menard that resulted in "The Big One".

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Hendrick responded by splitting up Johnson and Knaus, tasking Knaus with building another team around Byron.

I will breakdown every driver in the field this week, though this won't be a typical occurrence throughout the rest of the season, since there are just 20 cars in the field. There were certain points where the Team Penske cars were all lined-up within the top-five and rival manufacturer driver's said they couldn't touch them.

"I could see [the rain] coming, I knew that was my lap to make the move", Johnson explained in his interview. "That was my first dealership". "It did weigh on me and I can't wait to win and win often". It's all my dad ever raced. What a great day for Chevrolet, our organization, and these drivers.

The green flag waved on lap 28 with Menard and Blaney on the front row, though action only lasted for eleven laps until rain returned to Daytona International Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson found his way back into victory lane on Saturday after a late crash, started by a pass Johnson was making on Paul Menard for the lead.

"Becki and I could not be prouder of William's successes, and we are excited to watch the No. 24 in action in the Daytona 500 next weekend", said Liberty President Jerry Falwell.

The race itself was a repeating cycle of side by side pack racing for a couple of laps, before the field would find its way into a topside train, running single file along the wall of the Daytona high banks.

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