President Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

President Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

President Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

Stenhouse captured the pole with a top lap of 194.582 miles per hour in his first qualifier for JTG-Daugherty Racing, which signed him after he was sacked by Roush Fenway Racing last season.

Hendrick driver Alex Bowman ended up second (194.363 mph).

The starting order for the rest of the 40-car field will be determined by Thursday's two qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.

Chase Elliott ended up third, Jimmie Johnson fourth and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five in speeds.

When Roush Fenway Racing released him, he was without a team in September.

"It's cool", Stenhouse said. Set to retire at the end of a long and successful stock auto career at the end of 2020, the Californian took a detour from pre-Daytona 500 activities to visit the Texas road course, continuing to gather intel from friends in a paddock that holds considerable interest for the 44-year-old.

Daytona 500 pole sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. discusses racing and tries to convince Stuart Varney that NASCAR is better than soccer.

"My team built a really fast Kroger Chevrolet", he told FOX Business' Stuart Varney and he added that "I just went [and] held the throttle down".

But for Stenhouse, the accomplishment meant everything. (Crew chief Brian) Pattie was working really hard all offseason for that goal and everybody chipped in, the whole shop.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. knows how to make a good first impression.

Haley was the surprise victor of last July's rain-shortened race at Daytona, getting the victory for Spire Motorsports during a lengthy weather delay. Busch has even celebrated at Daytona, with a 2008 summer Cup Series victory on his résumé and trophies from races in other series or exhibitions in his collection.

"We definitely have a auto fastest enough to win this race under green-flag conditions", said the 20-year-old Haley, who is now driving for Kaulig Racing.

The start-up team doesn't have a backup vehicle on hand and expects to be really cautious in its qualifying race. "I hope we can do it this year or when, at some time or another, before everything is said and done by myself so I can have at least one". "This is still the Daytona 500, something I've always dreamed about".

"This goes to a lot of people who work behind the scenes for me to come out and drive".

Daniel Suarez, booted the weekend of last year's season finale, landed a ride with a non-chartered team and will have to race his way into the 500 after failing to qualify on speed. I know what I can do. I'd go to the Long Beach Grand Prix and watch, hang out, and wanted to be in one of those cars going by.

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