Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman and his No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 secured pole position for the 60th running of the Daytona 500 this weekend – the inaugural race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Camaro ZL1 is an all-new design this year that replaces the Chevrolet SS, which had been GM’s NASCAR Cup race car design since the 2013 season. The new car is reportedly more aerodynamic than the old one, and since the SS has now ended production, the time is right for its replacement.
Single-car Qualifying was held this past weekend at the Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona, with Alex Bowman posting the fastest lap in the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry. Those two drivers will start at the front when the 2018 Daytona 500 kicks off on Sunday, February 18th, while the rest of the field will be determined by two 60-lap Can-Am Duel races this Thursday.
All-in-all, Hendrick Motorsports had a strong showing at last weekend’s single-car Daytona 500 Qualifying session last weekend, with Jimmie Johnson placing third in the No. 48 Camaro ZL1, and William Byron nabbing fifth in the No. 24 Chevrolet. Chase Elliott (No. 9) backed up the Hendrick Motorsports pack in tenth.