Youngest Ever on the Pole in Sunday’s Daytona 500
It's known as "The Great American Race" and it is Sunday February 21. The NASCAR season begins with the running of The Daytona 500 in Florida.
Daytona International Speedway is 2.5 miles in length around the oval. It is home to NASCAR's Super Bowl.
The 2016 season starting event features the youngest driver in history to start on the pole. It's 20-year old Chase Elliott.
Elliott is the son of Hall of Fame driver and two-time Daytona 500 champion Bill Elliott. The younger Elliott is faced with the daunting prospect of succeeding Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
In the money round of qualifying for the Great American Race, Elliott toured 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in 45.845 seconds (196.314 mph), edging Matt Kenseth (196.036 mph) by .065 seconds for the top starting spot.
Elliott and Kenseth are the only drivers whose positions for the Daytona 500 are now locked in. The balance of the field will be filled and ordered in Thursday night’s 150-mile Can-Am Duel qualifying races.