At a ferocious speed of 200 miles per hour, NASCAR racer Ricky Stenhouse Jr. burned rubber on the Daytona International Speedway to win the pole position for the 2020 Daytona 500.
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Stenhouse covered the 2.5-mile racetrack in just 46 seconds Sunday behind the wheel of the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro in his first competition for JTG-Daugherty Racing. It was Stenhouse's third NASCAR Cup pole and his first at Daytona.
Stenhouse had only taken the hotrod for a spin one time before the race but, he said, his team made it easy.
“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.”
Only the top two spots were determined in single-car qualifying. The starting order for the rest of the 40-car field will be set by a pair of qualifying races Thursday at Daytona.
Stenhouse will participate in a duel race will teammate Ryan Preece, who will have the opportunity to start behind him in “the Great American Race.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.