July 6, 2018 –
Chase Elliott scored his fourth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) pole putting the No. 9 Hooters Camaro ZL1 in the top spot at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of 46.381 seconds and an average speed of 194.045 mph. The run marks Elliott’s third pole in six races at the ‘World Center of Racing’ and his first pole win of the 2018 MENCS season.
“Our Hooters Chevy has been nice all weekend,” Elliott said after capturing the pole. “We made a couple of changes actually at the end of that last practice before the rain and made it go a little faster. I hope that translates to a good driving car tomorrow night. Obviously, a lot of speed in our Chevrolet’s. I’ve said this before, but we have put a lot of effort into our speedway program at Hendrick Motorsports. The engine shop, chassis shop, body shop, we take a lot of pride in coming to these races. They pay the same amount of points as the rest of them, so it matters and our team treats it that way and their hard work pays off.”
The Coke Zero Sugar 400 pole is the fourth of the season for Chevrolet and 698th all-time in MENCS competition.
Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman posted the second fastest time in his No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, making it the fourth straight all-Hendrick front row in a MENCS race at Daytona.
Seven-time MENCS champion and Hendrick Motorsports driver, Jimmie Johnson recorded the fourth fastest time in qualifying in his No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
A total of five Chevrolet’s qualified in the top 10 for Saturday night’s 400-mile event including Richard Childress Racing teammates Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon. Newman was seventh in the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, while 2018 Daytona 500 champion Dillon was 10th in his No. 3 American Ethanol E15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Brad Keselowski (Ford) was third and Kevin Harvick (Ford) was fifth to round out the top five qualifiers.