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Earnhardt retired previous year after missing half of the 2016 season, though he will be at the track serving as grand marshal for the season-opening race.

The 24-year-old Bowman had an unexpected but successful audition in the No. 88 Chevy in 2016, when Earnhardt was sidelined with a concussion.

On Sunday, Snapchat will cover the DAYTONA 500 with its Our Story feature to give millions of users around the world an inside look at race day from Daytona International Speedway. "We don't want to crash the primary anyway, so we are going to be careful in the (Can-Am Duel qualifying races Thursday), then you don't have to worry about practicing too hard because you will have already had The Clash race". That's what we're here for. "Right? That's how I feel", she said. Hamlin would finish second to Alex Bowman in both rounds of knockout qualifying. Having won the pole in his first Daytona 500 tries in 2016 and 2017, Elliott advanced to the Round of 12 but wound up 10th. "I'm very blessed to be able to call driving a race vehicle my job, and now to get to drive what I think is the best race auto in the business". "Just so thankful to be able to do this, I'm very blessed to be able to call driving a racecar my job and now I get to drive what I think is the best racecar in the business, it's a dream come true". "I'm just proud of everybody at Hendrick and everybody at Chevrolet".

Hendrick put Chevrolet on the pole for the sixth straight year.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was third fastest, rookie William Byron was fifth and Elliott was 10th in Hendrick engines.

"We were team Key West", Patrick said. Although qualifying utilizes the same three-round knockout format found at other tracks, unless a driver qualifies on the front row, their starting position is not guaranteed.

"I am so ecstatic", Hamlin said with a smile. Ford drivers won all four of last season's restrictor plate races, where the strength of an engine is one of the most important tools. "We've run well over 220 scans by this point and so far, so good. Its Daytona", he said. We've already changed some things that we do here with lineups, how we roll the cars on and how we stage the cars, where we stage the crew members.

A week before her final NASCAR race, she isn't sure what her emotions will be when the green flag drops for the 500.

He easily could have won last year's final race but displayed veteran class when he laid off and let Kyle Busch and Truex Jr. race for the cup.