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DAYTONA BEACH — Alex Bowman put a familiar vehicle atop the Daytona 500 leaderboard on Sunday.

Alex Bowman's first race as the full-time driver of the No. 88 will come from the pole position.

Bowman's pole win continues Hendrick Motorsports' dominance in that area at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick finishes her racing career as the highest-finishing female driver in the Daytona 500 (eighth, 2013) and Indy 500 (third, 2009).

Joining Bowman on the front row for the Daytona 500 is Denny Hamlin, who had the second-fastest qualifying time.

Denny Hamlin, the 2016 victor, qualified second in a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing with a lap at 195.092.

Only the front row for next week's Daytona 500 was set Sunday through Daytona's unique qualifying format.

She returned to her NASCAR people Saturday in Daytona Beach, only to say it felt like Key West.

Seeing Byron's potential, team owner Rick Hendrick signed him in 2016 to have him drive one of the Xfinity cars he co-owns with Earnhardt and Earnhardt's sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller.

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Kurt Busch, who won the Daytona 500 last season, said when Daytona was repaved in 2010, there were no handling issues for drivers. It very well could have an impact on the race as nearly everyone in the field is now accustomed to running the race without many handling issues.

Indeed, pole qualifying is a display of horsepower and there's no doubt that Hendrick Motorsports has it for "The Great American Race". "I did everything I could do, but it really comes down to the crew and all the guys back at the shop".

"I actually felt like Homestead was that (last race)", Patrick said, via ESPN. Bowman raced just three times on the national level last season, two Xfinity Series races and one in the Truck Series, and filled his time using a simulator as he waited for Earnhardt to retire. I do it basically before I get to the racetrack, and it's fun. "The reality of it will probably be a little bit more sad than what I'm making it out to be right now, but I'm ready".

The story gets a heck of a lot better if she performs well.

Eventually Byron wore his parents down - in part because he wrote a six-page paper detailing the best approach to get started in racing - and they bought him a Legends auto, a small, full-bodied vehicle that is seen as a basic entry point into motor sports. But I'm sure it would have been extra, you know what I mean?

"We were team Key West", Patrick said.

"Imagine when you leave here on Sunday, you don't have anything to do really for a couple of months".

Danica Patrick is saving her tears this time around. She will also race in the Indianapolis 500 in May, though her ride has yet to be announced.