Byron and Team-mate Alex Bowman secured in the front row for”The Fantastic American Race” during qualifying laps Sunday in Daytona International Speedway. They edged another two Hendrick drivers: seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott.

The remainder of the 40-car line up will be put by two qualifying races. Thirty six of the areas are already filled because of the travel system of .

Former Hendrick motorist Casey Mears and Tyler Reddick secured two of those remaining spots from the Daytona 500. They posted the speeds of the six drivers vying for four spots in ’s season opener.

Four drivers, including Joey Gase, Ryan Truex, Parker Kligerman and Brendan Gaughan, can try to race their way to the 500 by competing for the last two slots throughout the qualifying races.