Chase Elliott was too young to really remember celebrating in victory lane with his father, dressed in a shirt that matched Bill Elliott's firesuit and a little finger pointed toward the sky because Daddy was No. 1.
But here's a father-son snapshot Chase can savor forever: "Awesome Bill" waiting with a embrace at Daytona International Speedway for the son who proved he's capable of following in some Hall of Fame footsteps.
Elliott on Sunday kept the No. 24 Chevrolet on the pole for the second consecutive Daytona 500, with the rookie becoming the youngest driver to land the top spot in NASCAR's biggest race.
"I don't know if this opportunity has sunk in yet, much less sitting on the pole for the Daytona 500," Elliott said.
The 20-year-old has the ride of a lifetime, taking the seat from retired four-time champion Jeff Gordon at Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon was in the broadcast booth at Daytona, calling the shots as the No. 24 went around the track without him for the first time since 1992.
Elliott has some practice following the great ones: Bill is a two-time Daytona 500 champion.
Without showing the pressure on the track that comes with the ride, Chase Elliott's top speed was 196.314 miles per hour and he outran 43 others in front-row qualifying Sunday. He also showed that Hendrick cars could be contenders again after taking a backseat to Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske in 2015.
Nonetheless, the Gibbs cars continued their strong opening to Speedweeks by putting Matt Kenseth on the front row for the Daytona 500. It came on the heels of Denny Hamlin's victory in Saturday night's exhibition race and showed that the team hasn't lost a step since Kyle Busch claimed the Sprint Cup title in November.
The rest of the Daytona 500 field will be set in Thursday's two qualifying races. With NASCAR's new qualifying system, Wood Brothers driver Ryan Blaney and BK Racing's Matt Dibenedetto secured spots in Sunday's 40-car race as the two fastest open team drivers.
Capps wins Funny Car final in NHRA opener
Ron Capps raced to his first Funny Car victory in nearly a year in the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. Capps beat defending series champion Del Worsham in the final round for his third Winternationals victory and 46th career victory. Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel and Greg Anderson in Pro Stock.
Langer wins on Champions Tour
Bernhard Langer won the Chubb Classic for his 26th PGA Champions Tour title, closing with a 1-over 73 for a three-stroke victory in Naples, Fla.
Seven strokes ahead after opening with rounds of 62 and 66, the 58-year-old German finished at 15 under 201 at TwinEagles. He also won in 2011 and 2013, was second in 2012 and tied for second in 2014.
Fred Couples had a 66 to finish second.
• Charl Schwartzel raced away from the rest of the field to win the European Tour's Tshwane Open by eight shots as the former Masters champion he closed with a 7-under 63 to finish 16 under par in his native South Africa.
AROUND THE HORN
Soccer: Arsenal and Tottenham grabbed late winning goals against title rivals to move two points off the lead as the race to win the English Premier League tightened up. Leicester City started the weekend with an unlikely five-point lead but gave up a goal to Danny Welbeck in the fifth minute of stoppage time to lose 2-1 to Arsenal. Welbeck was in his first match back after 10 months out injured. Christian Eriksen scored in the 83rd minute to send the Spurs past Manchester City 2-1.
Alpine skiing: German Felix Neureuther won the men's World Cup slalom, edging Sweden's Andre Myhrer in Yuzawa, Japan. … The rescheduled women's World Cup downhill race in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, was cancelled for safety reasons due to soft snow conditions.