Wednesday February 21st, 2024 3:06AM

Countdown to the DAYTONA 500: 8 days to go

By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service

The number of DAYTONA 500 pole positions Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won in the last nine years under various qualifying formats. Starting with Jeff Gordon in 2015, a Hendrick car has been on the pole for the Great American Race in every year except 2020, when current DAYTONA 500 defending winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claimed the top spot in time trials. In 2016, 20-year-old Chase Elliott became the youngest DAYTONA 500 pole winner. Defending pole winner Alex Bowman is riding a streak of six consecutive front-row starts. And by the way, Stenhouse’s car was equipped with a Hendrick engine in 2020.– Reid Spencer

Tune-in to the 2024 DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, February 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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