“I wanted to get a flier in at the end but I’m really happy with my lap,” said Beaubier, who finished third in last year’s Daytona 200.
Rounding out the front row is Beaubier’s Graves Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff (1:51.101 seconds), Bobby Fong on a Richie Morris Racing Yamaha (1:51.332) and 2006 Daytona 200 champion Jake Zemke (1:51.599), who expects the difference maker in the grueling 57-lap, 200-mile race to be pit stops.
“This race, it’s a long race but it’s definitely won and lost in the pits,” said Zemke, who rides a Ducati. “Everybody’s going to be doing their best to make sure we can keep Cameron in check for a little while. He’s been setting the pace all weekend. He’s been going really good. He’s definitely setting the benchmark that everybody is going to be chasing.”