Daytona Beach, Fla – For the second straight year, Chase Elliott won the pole for the Daytona 500. But, hidden deeper in that story is his crew chief Alan Gustafson. It was the third straight year that his No. 24 Chevrolet said on the pole for the season opening race as he guided Jeff Gordon to the pole in 2015. That’s a great feat for a local guy as Gustafson grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida. That’s just minutes away from Daytona Beach, Florida. He went to high school at Seabreeze High School and attended college at Embry-Riddle which is basically in the backyard of the Daytona International Speedway.
It’s a great story for a local guy.
On Sunday, his car driven by Elliott was leading the Daytona 500 with three laps-to-go. Until, the gas ran out. Instead, Kurt Busch in his No. 41 Ford was victorious in that same Daytona 500. His crew chief? Tony Gibson. The same Tony Gibson who grew up in Daytona Beach and went to Daytona Beach Community College. Its the same Tony Gibson that saw his mom work out at the track taking tickets. It’s the same Tony Gibson that because of the Daytona 500, wanted to get a job and make a career out of racing.
Same with Gustafson. The Daytona 500 made him want to do what he’s doing present day.
Now, both hold high Daytona 500 accomplishments and had one heck of a Daytona SpeedWeeks for 2017.
An Ormond Beach native going to college at Embry-Riddle saw his car win the pole for the Daytona 500 and a Daytona Beach native who went to Daytona Beach Community College saw his car win the Daytona 500.
It was a great day, no a great SpeedWeeks for Daytona native crew chiefs.