“That car needs to be drug tested”- NASCAR Twitter reacts to Alex Bowman securing pole for the 2023 Daytona 500
2023 is the 6th consecutive year Alex Bowman is starting the race from the top 2.
Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson (Credits: @HMS)
Just hours after signing a multiyear contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports, Alex Bowman has won his third Daytona 500 pole. He will start the race upfront on Sunday alongside his teammate Kyle Larson. The 2022 edition of the event featured the same front row, with Larson starting at the pole. This is the 6th time in 8 years that an HMS driver is starting from the pole in the Great American Race.
Bowman’s fastest lap was 181.686 mph, enough for the 3ed career pole. “I’m just so proud of Hendrick Motorsports, the engine shop, all the guys. This Ally 48 Camaro is obviously really fast. I don’t have a lot to do with qualifying here, so just fortunate to qualify some really fast race cars and really cool to see Hendrick Motorsports 1-2-3,” he said about the pole win.
The No:48 driver’s Daytona 500 heroics has always been limited to the qualifiers. After seven starts, he has never finished the race in the top 10s after seven starts, and 2023 will mark his eighth attempt. He started the race outside of the top 2 just once in his career, and that was his debut. Bowman failed to qualify on his second attempt but has been securing front-row starts since then. His best finish is P11 from 2019.
The HMS duo will lead the Bluegreen Vacations Duels on Friday. Bowman will be on the pole for Duel 1, while Larson will start up front for Duel 2. The fastest drivers from the event will line up behind the No:48 and Npo:5 cars on Sunday. NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson and action sports legend Travis Pastrana who entered the race in open charters have also secured their spots for the final race with solid qualifying runs.
How NASCAR reacted to Alex Bowman’s pole win
Fans reacted positively to Bowman’s pole, and many quickly coagulated him for the impressive run. There were also fans trolling the driver and HMS, as seeing the Chevy giants upfront in the 500 isn’t a dramatic scene anymore.
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