NASCAR race at Daytona begins with Chase Elliott on pole

7/7/2018 5:13:24 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chase Elliott is on the pole and the green flag has dropped for the start of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman are on the front row at Daytona, a needed boost for both the team and manufacturer Chevrolet.

Chevy is trying to snap a 0-for-17 streak. It"s the longest losing winless stretch for the American manufacturer since a 31-race drought in 1981-82.

Austin Dillon gave Chevy its lone win of the season at the season-opening Daytona 500. The American automaker hasn"t been to victory lane since and hadn"t really gotten close to a checkered. Toyota and Ford have pulled away in the standings.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson starts fourth in the No. 48 Chevrolet, giving Hendrick three of the top four spots.

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