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      What’s being said about Axalta racers locking out the front row for the Daytona 500

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      After capturing his first career Cup Series pole, William Byron sat down with NASCAR.com’s Alex Weaver for a Twitter Q&A to discuss the front-row lockout alongside Hendrick Motorsports teammate and Axalta-sponsored driver Alex Bowman, how the 21-year-old manages to juggle racing and school, and what he has learned working with Chad Knaus so far.

      Knaus discussed his excitement after winning the pole in his first event as crew chief for the No. 24: “We’ve had a lot of late nights, a lot of long hours. The last time I came here with a new driver, we sat on the pole. This is really special for me.”

      Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick talked about the amazing day that the entire team had after its 1-2-3-4 finish in qualifying and a Clash victory from Jimmie Johnson: “This is a tribute to our organization, the engine shop, the chassis, body shop, and the teams to come down here and run with four cars running that good. I can’t believe it.”