Chase Elliott joins elite club of Daytona 500 pole winners

With Chase Elliott’s pole run for this year’s Daytona 500, Chase and Bill Elliott become the fourth father-son combination to win Daytona 500 poles.

Needless to say, it’s an elite class, with each of the four families already represented in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The father-son duos to win Daytona 500 poles are:

Photos: Father-son Daytona 500 pole winners through the years

Richard Petty in 1966 and Kyle Petty in 1993;

Bobby Allison in 1981 and Davey Allison in 1991;

Dale Earnhardt in 1995 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2011;

And Bill Elliott in 1985, 1987, 2001 and Chase Elliott in 2016.

At 20 years,  2 months and 17 days Chase is also the youngest Daytona 500 pole-winner in history. The previous record holder was Austin Dillon in 2014 at 23 years, 9 months, 27 days.

Chase might be young, but he definitely appreciates the significance of what his father and his family accomplished.

"They had some great days down here," Chase said of his father’s race team in the mid-1980s, which included Bill’s brothers Ernie and Dan. "It’s hard to not have a ton of respect for everything they did. Doing it out of Georgia, the manner about which they went about their business I think is really special. I think that’s something to look at and go about your business like that. I feel like they did things the right way. That’s very cool to look back on."