Byron withstood a late problem from teammate Alex Bowman to win the pole for the Daytona 500 subsequent Sunday at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
Byron's flip within the final spherical of 194.304 mph has taken the benefit over Bowman (194.153 mph), which is the final automobile to be accomplished a race.
Jimmie Johnson took the third quickest time, Chase Elliott was fourth and rookie Daniel Hemric accomplished the highest 5. Solely the primary two drivers are caught of their beginning place for the 500.
The pole is the primary of Byron to have began profession in 37 and to work with the brand new head of crew, Chad Knaus, who has gained seven cup titles with Johnson.
"We felt ready and prepared – it was kind of step one in our frequent course of," Byron stated of his collaboration with Knaus. "Let's hope it goes nicely subsequent Sunday. We will in some way hang around throughout the Duel races, be taught somewhat bit.
Byron, 21, stated that he was somewhat apprehensive about leaving some velocity on the monitor, particularly as such. He watched Bowman – the winner of the Daytona 500 pole final 12 months – make his final run.
"We had been simply lacking somewhat little bit of velocity, somewhat an excessive amount of wheel spin," stated Byron. "This factor is quick. Clearly, plenty of credit score goes to the fellows. I'm actually trying ahead to subsequent Sunday.
"It's actually particular and positively an enormous blessing."
The Byron Pole is the fifth consecutive pole of HMS within the largest race of the season and it’s the eighth-largest driver within the group to take action.
HMS led the best way within the first lap as 4 drivers recorded the highest 4 speeds within the first lap, led by Bowman (193.932 mph).
Byron completed second (193.831 mph), third Elliott (193.831 mph) and fourth Johnson (192.930 mph). Reigning champion Joey Logano accomplished the highest 5.
Keselowski, Truex, Bowyer, Austin, Austin Dillon, Hamlin and Menard additionally certified for the spherical ultimate.
As two quickest vehicles and not using a constitution within the first spherical, Tyler Reddick and Casey Mears locked themselves within the Daytona 500 pack based mostly on velocity.
"I'm actually enthusiastic about what we now have," stated Reddick, champion of the 2018 Xfinity collection. "It's fairly loopy. It has occurred loads in a single 12 months. I'm completely happy to begin.
"It's nice to be locked in. The (automobile) did the whole lot that was vital for us to lock ourselves in. I can’t watch for them Thursday duels. "
4 drivers – Ryan Truex, Brendan Gaughan, Parker Kligerman and Joey Gase – will all must run to the sector, however there are solely two spots obtainable for these 4 pilots.
Throughout the pre-qualifying inspection, the vehicles of Elliott, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon all failed twice. The automobile chief of every crew was expelled for the rest of the Speedweeks and every crew misplaced 15 minutes of the final follow session earlier than the 500.