Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start on the front row after winning the pole Sunday for the season-opening Daytona 500 next week at Daytona International Speedway.
The NASCAR veteran snagged the pole for the Daytona 500 on the first try for his new team JTG Daugherty Racing.
Bowman, who won the Daytona 500 pole in 2018, earned his third straight front-row start for NASCAR's biggest event with a time of 46.305 seconds (194.363 mph) in the No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. The starting order for the remainder of the 40-car field will be determined by a pair of qualifying races Thursday at Daytona.
"I think there's a handful of us that feel like we have something to prove", Stenhouse said.
A two-time Daytona 500 champion and seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, Johnson has made his presence a permanent fixture on the sport's hallowed super speedway.
Daytona 500 pole victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. poses proudly with the pole trophy.
Defending race victor Denny Hamlin was fifth fastest.
"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".
Asked what it meant considering the offseason transition, Stenhouse said, "It's huge". "I'm just thankful for the opportunity to be here and bring guys with me like (crew chief) Brian (Pattie) and Mike (Kelley)".
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on February 9, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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 in Daytona, with a victory in the 2008 Summer Cup Series on his resume, and racing trophies in other series or exhibits in his collection.
"It takes a lot of people in the shop to make this auto as fast as it is", he said.
"It was pretty crucial for us, obviously", Haley said. I think it was his to win. "This is still the Daytona 500, something I've always dreamed about".
"I never knew when the last one was going to be", Gaughan said.
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. "We have a lot of challenges". So this goes out to the whole shop and I've got to thank our other partners as well.