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DAYTONA 500: Chevrolet looks to extend its pole qualifying streak to 12

By AccessWDUN Staff

Chevrolet's dominance in pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unmatched.

The manufacturer has won a record 11 in a row. Bowman can tie Yarborough, Elliott, and Baker for the series lead in DAYTONA 500 poles.

Prior to this current streak of DAYTONA 500 poles by Chevrolet, the longest streak of consecutive DAYTONA 500 poles by a manufacturer was four straight by Pontiac from 1960-1963 and Chevrolet from 2008-2011.

In total, seven different manufacturers have won the pole for the DAYTONA 500, led by Chevrolet with 31, followed by Ford (12), Pontiac (eight), Mercury (five), Dodge (four), Oldsmobile (three), and Plymouth (two).

Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman will be hunting for three qualifying records this week leading into the DAYTONA 500. The first record would be: if he wins the pole on Wednesday, he will tie NASCAR Hall of Famers Bill Elliott (1985-87, 2001), Cale Yarborough (1968, ’70, ’78, ’84) and Buddy Baker (1969, ’73, ’79, ’80) for the all-time lead in DAYTONA 500 poles with four each. Bowman posted his third DAYTONA 500 pole last season (2018, 2021, 2023).

The next record Bowman will be aiming to accomplish will be extending his record of six straight starts on the front row for the DAYTONA 500 to seven. Bowman has not qualified worse than second in the Great American Race since 2018. Prior to Bowman reaching five straight, the previous record of consecutive front-row starts in the DAYTONA 500 was three, and it had occurred five times – Fireball Roberts (1961-1963), Richard Petty (1966-1968), Bill Elliott (1985-1987), Ken Schrader (1988-1990), Dale Earnhardt (1994-1996).

The third qualifying record dangling for Bowman to grab this week is if he wins the pole again this season, he will become just the sixth different driver to win consecutive DAYTONA 500 poles, joining Fireball Roberts (1961-1963), Buddy Baker (1979-1980), Bill Elliott (1985, 1986, 1987), Ken Schrader (1988, 1989, 1990) and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dawsonville's Chase Elliott (2016, 2017). 

DAYTONA 500 pole winners from the last 11 seasons:

2023 -- Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

2022 -- Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

2021 -- Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

2020 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet

2019 -- William Byron, Chevrolet

2018 -- Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

2017 -- Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

2016 -- Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

2015 -- Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

2014 -- Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

2013 -- Danica Patrick, Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports is seeking fourth consecutive DAYTONA 500 pole

Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in DAYTONA 500 poles with a total of 16 poles for the Great American Race – 10 more than the next organization on the list – Richard Childress Racing, with six.

Hendrick Motorsports also holds the record for the most consecutive DAYTONA 500 poles, with five straight from 2015-2019. This weekend, Hendrick Motorsports will look to score their fourth consecutive DAYTONA 500 pole and their ninth in the last 10 DAYTONA 500s (2015-2024).

Nine different drivers have contributed to the Hendrick Motorsports’ record 16 DAYTONA 500 poles - Ken Schrader (1988, 1989, 1990), Jeff Gordon (1999, 2015), Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2008), Mark Martin (2010), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2011), Chase Elliott (2016, 2017), Alex Bowman (2018, 2021, 2023), William Byron (2019) and Kyle Larson (2022).

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The NASCAR Wire Service contributed to this story. 

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