Chase Elliott wins at qualifying race Daytona

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Chase Elliott wins at qualifying race Daytona
Chase Elliott wins at qualifying race Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Chase Elliott won the second qualifying race for the Daytona 500. The win temporarily put the brakes on what has been a Team Penske route of Speedweeks.

Elliott’s victory gives him a starting spot in the second row of Sunday’s season-opening race. He’ll line up next to Ryan Blaney, winner of the first qualifier Thursday night.

Blaney’s victory was the second of Speedweeks for Team Penske and set the three-car team up as the favorites to win the Daytona 500. Brad Keselowski won last week’s all-star race and Joey Logano has finished second to his teammates in both events.

Elliott’s win was a victory for Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports, which also has driver Alex Bowman on the pole for the Daytona 500.

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Ryan Blaney raises the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the first of two qualifying races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Ryan Blaney celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the first of two qualifying races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Ryan Blaney (12) holds off a challenge by Darrell Wallace Jr (43) and Joey Logano (22) on a restart after a caution with two laps left during the first of two qualifying auto races for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Busch (18) leads at the start of the second of two qualifying auto races for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Alex Bowman makes a pit stop during the first of two qualifying races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/David Graham)
Ryan Blaney celebrates on his car after winning the first of two qualifying auto races for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Brad Keselowski (2) scrapes the outside wall along the back stretch as David Ragan (38), Daniel Suarez, second from left, Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17) pass him during the first of two qualifying races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Danica Patrick, right, talks with Ryan Newman before the first of two qualifying races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Danica Patrick waves as she is introduced before the first of two qualifying races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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