William Byron fastest in Saturday's MENCS Daytona practice

Danica Patrick speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead Fla. Friday Nov. 17 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in this year's Dayt

Alex Bowman captured the pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500 with a speed of 195.644 miles per hour in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet, which was the former auto of the retired Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Byron turned a lap of 210.681 miles per hour in Saturday afternoon's practice at Daytona International Speedway. His lap of 44.625 measured at 201.681 miles per hour narrowly ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr's lap of 44.632.

The 24-year-old Bowman had an unexpected but successful audition in the No. 88 Chevy last season, when Earnhardt was sidelined with a concussion. Qualifying for the first two spots in the February 18 season-opening race is Sunday.

All four Hendrick cars and all four Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas made it into the group of 12 for the second round of qualifying.

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Ryan Blaney topped the leaderboard in Daytona International Speedway's opening weekend practice for The Clash on Saturday, rounding the track at 199.601 miles per hour in the No.12 Team Penske Ford.

The two 150-mile qualifying races, called the Can-Am Duels, will set the starting positions 3-40.

"My crew chief, David Grubnic, runs this vehicle differently than anybody else out here and he is just one of a kind", Millican said. "We knew we were going for the pole".

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