NASCAR's Daytona 500 proved to be an unusual event once again. Chase Elliott captures his second straight Daytona 500 pole last Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
Elliot was the last driver to take a lap of in the second and final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at 2.5-mile superspeedway. Elliot finished the race in 46.663 seconds (192.872 miles per hour).
Falling behind is Elliot's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by just .002 seconds. Earnhardt Jr. gave Hendrick Motorsports a sweep of the front row for the fifth time in the 500.
Last year, Elliott captured his first pole as a Sunoco rookie. On the other hand, the win was the third straight for Elliott's crew chief, Alan Gustafson. Gustafson also won the pole with driver Jeff Gordon back in 2015.
Gustafson also shares the record which Ernie Elliott (Chase Elliott's uncle) solely held. Ernie Elliott fielded cars driven by former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, Bill Elliott, Chase's father. Winning Daytona 500 poles run in the blood, apparently.
In his interview, Chase Elliott expressed his thoughts about the event and Hendrick Motorsports. He said, "Everybody at Hendrick Motorsports has done a lot of work this off-season,"
He was also proud of the team he's in, "This team definitely has a knack for these plate tracks, as they showed with Jeff Gordon and then last year with here and Talladega." Fans will remember Elliott also won his first pole at Talladega.
Elliot's pride for his team is palpable during the interview. Most of the time, he focused on talking about Hendrick Motorsports and its achievement instead of himself, saying "Everyone is always trying to get better and make their cars better and faster, and the engine shop is always finding new things," he said. "So, I think that's just proof that they're improving with everybody else and taking that next step, which is really impressive."
The Daytona 500 takes place next Sunday and will be aired 2 p.m ET on FOX. For those who are looking to watch the "The Great American Race" live, tickets are available here.