NASCAR tosses car chiefs for 3 drivers before Daytona 500

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Byron is the second youngest to win the Daytona 500 pole. In addition, this is the fifth straight pole for Hendrick Motorsports at the season-opener.

Paired for the first time with crew chief Chad Knaus, sophomore driver William Byron put his No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on the pole for the February 17 Daytona 500 on Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), leading a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four spots and extending that organization's dominance in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

He is the driver of the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports. "I felt like from previous year, it was one of the longest that I ran".

Happy times returned to Hendrick Motorsports over the weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

A couple hours later, he was in Victory Lane celebrating again - this time with his veteran seven-time champion driver Jimmie Johnson, who drove to victory in the rain-shortened Advance Auto Parts Clash non-points race Sunday afternoon. "Credit to (No. 24 team crew chief) Chad (Knaus) and all the guys - it's been a great offseason".

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Liberty University jointly sponsors Byron with Axalta, Hertz, and UniFirst.

In practices for the Clash and for the 500 last weekend, Hendrick cars logged laps that were among the fastest on the track. After splitting with Johnson at the end of last season, Knaus essentially repeated the feat with Byron.

"It's just unbelievable to have four cars qualify like that, then have Jimmie win the Clash". So it's a big morale booster. Last year, he endured the first winless season in his entire full-time career. I've had that question for 35 years, or as many years as I've run two cars. This is kind of the first step of our process together, so hopefully it goes well next Sunday.

"Internally, we've only talked about winning races". Kevin and I, this team have mentioned it many times, many different ways, I'm far from done. Just a really big day for the #48 team, and just building the confidence that we're going to need to carry into the season.

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