DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano won the Gander RV Duels at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night to set the starting lineup for the 61st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday.
William Byron led the field to the green flag and led the first 15 laps until green flag pit stops arrived.
Byron fell back to sixth after the green flag pit stops cycled though with Kevin Harvick taking the lead and never letting it go.
Harvick led the final 44 laps of the first Duel for the second Duel victory of his 18-year career.
There was only one caution which was for the 18 of Kyle Busch getting turned around by Jimmie Johnson. Busch was none too pleased w
“I don’t want to (expletive) hear it,” Busch told to his team when he got told what Johnson radioed to his
After the race, unlike the Clash from Sunday, Johnson took full blame for the wreck.
“I firmly believe the Clash was a racing incident. This one was a mistake on my behalf. Everybody makes mistakes.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Paul Menard, Matt DiBenedetto and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.
Parker Kilgerman beat Ryan Truex by one position to get one of the final two open team places in the 61st running of the Great American Race.
Joey Logano needed to lead just one lap and that was the last one. Logano did just that to win his first career Daytona qualifying race.
Logano led the final and most important of the 60 laps run in the second duel after he crafted a brilliant plan to go from fourth to first, on the final lap.
“You have the whole race to think about making a move, and we were all out there just waiting,” Logano said. “Everyone behind me really wanted to go, and I just knew that I had to wait. The later you can do it, the less the risk if it doesn’t work. I got a good run from the 12 (Ryan Blaney) behind me and went to the bottom and got a good run.”
Alex Bowman started out with the pole for the second consecutive year as he led the field in the first duel, just like a season ago. Like Byron, Bowman led the first 11 laps before his first green flag pitstop of the season, relinquishing the lead to Clint Bowyer. Bowyer
That gave the lead to Brendan Gaughan in the 62 who is one of the four teams without a charter. Gaughan, who runs Daytona and usually Talladega in the Cup Series, led six laps before giving the lead back to Bowyer but Gaughan did hold off Joey Gase to get the final spot in the 500.
Bowyer led two times for 41 laps but couldn’t get the job done and will start the 500 in sixth place.
Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.
Brendan Gaughan raced his way in which means that Ryan Truex and Joey Gase will be leaving Daytona without racing in the Great American Race.
The 61st running of the Daytona 500 is on Sunday, Feb. 18th, at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
Daytona 500 Starting Lineup:
|1.||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2.||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3.||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|4.||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|5.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing|
|6.||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|7.||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing|
|8.||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9.||Matt DiBenedetto||Leavine Family Racing|
|10.||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11.||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|12.||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|13||Bubba Wallace||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|14.||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske|
|15.||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|16.||Jamie McMurray||Spire Motorsports|
|17.||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|18.||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|19.||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing|
|20.||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|21.||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|22.||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing|
|23.||Daniel Suarez||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|24.||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports|
|25.||Parker Kligerman*||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|26.||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|27.||Landon Cassill||Starcom Racing|
|28.||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|29.||Daniel Hemric||Richard Childress Racing|
|30.||Brendan Gaughan*||Beard Motorsports|
|31.||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|32.||Corey LaJoie||GO FAS Racing|
|33.||Matt Tifft||Front Row Motorsports|
|34.||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports|
|35.||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|36.||Ross Chastain||Premium Motorsports|
|37.||Cody Ware||Rick Ware Racing|
|38.||BJ McLeod||Petty Ware Racing|
|39.||Tyler Reddick*||Richard Childress Racing|
|40.||Casey Mears*||Germain Racing|