After watching the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night, few would have guessed Roush Fenway Racing driver would have had the fastest Ford in Daytona 500 qualifying.
Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski would have been the logical choices, but Stenhouse was fifth fastest in the final round on Sunday and earned the third starting spot in Thursday's first Can-Am Duel.
"The Fastenal Ford Fusion has been good all weekend," said Stenhouse, who drove a different car in the Sprint Unlimited and spun on Lap 13 to cause the first caution of the race. "I knew we would have a decent shot today, but there are still some things the guys are writing notes down for things to work on for when we go to Talladega.
"Hopefully, this is a sign to come for everything this year. You always want to start off with a fast race car. Everyone at Roush Yates engine shop, Doug Yates and everyone did a great job with our horsepower, and everyone at the Roush body shop gave us a good body on this thing. I'm really proud of their effort.