TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+

Sean Dylan Kelly, 16, Becomes Youngest Pole Winner in DAYTONA 200 History

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – Suzuki rider Sean Dylan Kelly, a 16-year-old making his DAYTONA 200 debut, became the youngest pole winner in the race’s 78-year history on Friday, posting a fast lap of 115.859 mph at Daytona International Speedway.

On Saturday, tradition will be renewed on the 3.51-mile DIS road course with the green flag at 1 p.m. (ET) for the 57-lap/200-mile event that will wrap up the 78th Bike Week At DAYTONA. Leading the three-abreast field will be a front row of Kelly, second-fastest qualifier Bobby Fong on a Suzuki (115.551) and third-fastest Jason Aguilar on a Yamaha (115.181). Noted motorcycle historian – and former DAYTONA 200 champion – Don Emde confirmed Kelly’s age was a record for a polesitter.

Sanctioned by the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA), the DAYTONA 200 is an integral part of Daytona Beach’s rich racing history, dating to 1937 when it was held on the Daytona Beach-road course that utilized both the Atlantic Ocean shoreline and State Road A1A. It quickly became a companion to the course’s stock-car races that were first held in 1936. The DAYTONA 200 moved from the beach-road course to the speedway in 1961, the facility’s third year of existence.

Kelly posted the pole-winning lap during the last of three Friday qualifying sessions. His M4 Ecstar Suzuki teammate Fong led the first two sessions with top speeds of 115.204 and 115.551.

While Kelly is racing in the DAYTONA 200 for the first time, he is familiar with the “World Center of Racing.” Last October he won the ASRA Team Challenge at the speedway.

“I’m so, so happy to get this [pole],” said Kelly, from Hollywood, Florida. “But the important thing is [Saturday]. It will be a long, long race – but I will sleep well tonight.

“Talk about being exciting. I am absolutely stoked to be on the pole. I didn’t really expect it coming into the weekend. It wasn’t the first thing in my mind. I knew after the Team Challenge that this would be something similar but at the same time completely different. There’s a whole lot more competition and a lot of good riders this year running the 200. I was coming in after a solid week testing and today was just [about] working, working, step-by-step with my crew chief and whole team in general. Every time out we were really improving. Everything was just going really solid.”

When you’re talking history these days regarding the DAYTONA 200, Danny Eslick is invariably central to the discussion. A four-time (2014-15, 2016-17) champion of the event, Eslick qualified eighth on a Yamaha. The Tulsa, Oklahoma rider is attempting to become the third five-time DAYTONA 200 champion. Scott Russell (1992, ’94-95, ’97-98) and Miguel Duhamel (1991, ’96, ’99, 2003, ’05) share the all-time record for DAYTONA 200 victories.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

POLITICS & POWER NEWS

National Politics

U.S. President Donald Trump to meet with 5 Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago Friday

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with leaders…

Records show FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly released documents show the FBI was investigating President Donald Trump’s…

Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by a congressional rebuke, President Donald Trump issued the first veto…

Trump Campaign Announces MAGA Rally Thursday, March 28 - Grand Rapids, MI

New York, NY – Today, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. announced that President Trump will…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Governor Ron DeSantis Addresses More Than 1,000 Business and Community Leaders at Broward Workshop

Davie, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis addressed more than 1,000 business and community leaders at…

First Lady Casey DeSantis Joins DEP, FWC, CCA and Duke Energy for Red Tide Recovery Redfish Release

Naples, Fla. – Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah…

Florida Helps Secure Multimillion Recovery Following Health Care Fraud Investigation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office helped secure a multimillion-dollar recovery following an investigation into…

STATEMENT: FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on second passing of SB 168

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after GOP Senators again…

FNN SPORTS

  • TAMPA BAY | Buccaneers Release Punter Bryan Anger (Photo: Buccaneers)

MORE SPORTS NEWS

McIlroy blocks out noise and hits his stride

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy managed to block out all the noise,…

Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac named co-winners of the 2018-2019 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award

Orlando, Fla. – Orlando Magic forwards Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac were named co-winners of the…

Orlando City Falls 3-1 to Montreal

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando City SC (0-1-2, 2 points) suffered its first defeat of the 2019…

Kyle Wyman Wins DAYTONA 200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Wyman, riding the N2Racing Yamaha, emerged from a late-race, four-lap shootout  to…

Sean Dylan Kelly, 16, Becomes Youngest Pole Winner in DAYTONA 200 History

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – Suzuki rider Sean Dylan Kelly, a 16-year-old making his DAYTONA 200 debut,…

Buccaneers Release Punter Bryan Anger

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the team has released punter Bryan Anger. Anger…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Apple refreshes iPad lineup, with larger entry-level model

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has unveiled a new iPad that’s thinner and slightly larger…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Hawaii weighs first-in-nation plastic bans at restaurants

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Craigslist founder donates $15 million for journalism ethics

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The founder of Craigslist says he will donate $15 million to…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

US charges against Huawei could inflame China trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s unveiling of criminal charges against the Chinese tech giant…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

[VIDEO] Governor Rick Scott Announces Florida Gained 23,000 New Jobs in November

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Florida Governor and Senator-elect Rick Scott announced that Florida gained…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

[VIDEO] Aloft Orlando Downtown Welcomes RedCarpetMonday Orlando's Best in Business

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Red Carpet Monday returned to Aloft Orlando Downtown to host its final…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

  • CHICAGO (AP) - R. Kelly tells CBS ‘I didn’t do this stuff’ in first interview since bonding out of jail. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Oregon Blockbuster outlasts others to become last on Earth

BEND, Ore. (AP) — There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Fox News hires Donna Brazile as political contributor

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News says it has hired former Democratic National Committee chief…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Review: In ‘Triple Frontier,’ a special-ops heist goes awry

Job opportunities seldom diverge as greatly as they do for the former special forces operatives…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

R. Kelly tells CBS ‘I didn’t do this stuff’ in interview

CHICAGO (AP) — In his first interview since being charged with sexually abusing four people, including three…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Kylie Jenner youngest self-made billionaire

NEW YORK (AP) — Move over Mark Zuckerberg. At 21, Kylie Jenner has been named…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ gets an average introduction

If there is one thing that’s true of most of the movies in the Marvel…

LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL & TOURISM

  • FLORIDA | LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Join Mickey and Friends in Celebrating the Holiday Season at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Garden Rocks Concert Series Expands to Every Day of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, March 6-June 3

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Garden Rocks Concert Series is back – every single day…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

SPECIAL REPORT: Non-Compliance with State Law Plagues Orange County Soil & Water Board

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Florida currently has 58 Soil & Water Conservation Districts which were…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Chairman Daisy Morales Announces New Website for Orange Soil and Water Conservation District

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – After four years of ongoing board meetings and delays to…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Innovative environment joins lineup of new and recently announced enhancements to the Walt Disney World Resort theme park

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2019) – Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort is a…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

26th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Blooms for 90 Days at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – New sights, sounds and flavors of spring will envelop Walt…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Orange Soil & Water Conservation Chair Daisy Morales Issues Statement on Gov. DeSantis Water Reforms

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board Chair and…