Byron Wins Daytona Pole
William Byron was the fastest in Sunday's qualifying at Daytona International Speedway, driving the Chevrolet with the No. 24 made famous by four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon.
Byron reached a top speed of 194.304 mph in the final round of NASCAR qualifying, nearly two-tenths of a second faster than teammate Alex Bowman.
The 21-year-old Byron started all 36 races for Hendrick Motorsports last year, producing four top-10 finishes but nothing higher than a sixth-place performance at Pocono Raceway.
Former Hendrick driver Casey Mears and Tyler Reddick secured two of the remaining spots in the Daytona 500.
The rest of the 40-car lineup will be set by two qualifying races Thursday, althoughThirty-six of those spots are already filled because of NASCAR's charter system.