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Daytona 500 Qualifying: Winning the Pole This Week Doesn’t Guarantee Race Succes

The last Daytona 500 pole winner to actually win the race was Dale Jarrett in 2000. Twelve races have come and passed with the pole winner failing to cash in on his advantage. There have only been two Daytona 500s won from the pole, coming in back-to-back races, since Bill Elliott won the pole three years in a row and won the race itself twice in 1985 and ’87. Geoff Bodine, a retired racer, never won a pole at Daytona, but did win 27 consecutive at other tracks before winning his first ensuing race. It’s not unheard of in motorsports, but it’s interesting enough to note the lack of productivity that it yields for winners at Daytona.Winning the pole during Sunday’s qualifying laps does have some perks. It will give th...

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