As he propelled his No. 24 Chevrolet to the top of the leaderboard for the 2017 Daytona 500 pole position, Chase Elliott was a part of history, once again.
He rewrote record books last season with his Daytona 500 pole, becoming the youngest driver to lead “The Great American Race” to green at 20 years old. This year, he became only the fifth driver to win the Daytona 500 pole twice in a row in the race’s 59 year history.
The feat puts him in a rare club and one that his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, is a part of. “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” had a three-year run of Daytona 500 poles from 1985 to 1987. Talk about keeping it in the family.
Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts kicked off a three-year run of Daytona 500 poles in 1961. Buddy Baker scored back-to-backs beginning in 1979, kicking off a three-win, seven-pole season for NASCAR’s “Gentle Giant.” Ken Schrader went with three-in-a-row starting in 1988 during his tenure with Hendrick Motorsports.
All but Baker completed the three-peat for poles. Premonition for 2018? Only time will tell. But for now, tune into the 2017 running of the Daytona 500 to see if Elliott can turn that P1 into a checkered flag.