Qualifying Recap for the 61st Daytona 500

Date: Feb. 10, 2019
Event: Pole Qualifying for the 61st Daytona 500
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format: Single vehicle, two rounds – sets front row for the Daytona 500

Duel Position: Will start 7th in the 1st Gander RV qualifying race Thursday night

Kyle Busch: 13th (47.080 seconds at 191.164 mph)

Pole Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (46.319 seconds at 194.305 mph)

Outside Pole: Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (46.355 seconds at 194.154 mph)

Note: Only the front row is locked into the Daytona 500. Remainder of 40-car field will be set by results of Thursday’s Gander RV Duel.

Busch Post-Qualifying Quote:

“We ran about what we thought we would, maybe a tick better with our M&M’S Chocolate Bar Camry. Didn’t expect the rest of the field to be as fast as they are, so we’re a little farther down on the lineup than we’d like to be, but we have a chance to improve on that Thursday night. We only had just us Toyota guys out there in practice yesterday with JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) cars the LFR (Leavine Family Racing) car, so that was the biggest pack that we got in. We were alright to race. It’s all relative I guess, hard to tell without being in a big pack.”

Next Up: The Gander RV Duel gets underway at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 14 with live coverage on FS1. The green flag waves for the Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, with live coverage provided by FOX.