Can-Am Duels

Chase Elliott wins Can-Am Duel No. 2, Kevin Harvick second

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Chase Elliott fended off Kevin Harvick in the last two laps to win Thursday’s second Can-Am qualifying duel for the Daytona 500.

Elliott led 34 laps to win his second straight Daytona 500 qualifying race.

The top five was completed by Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch.

Jones passed Bowyer in the final moments before taking the checkered flag.

“I was kind of trying a bunch of stuff, I didn’t really know what to do,” Elliott told Fox Sports 1. “This new package is a little different and the way these cars draft is a little strange to what we’ve seen in the past. I don’t know that anyone has it 100 percent figured out. I think we’re all trying to learn and see what the best position it to be in and when you want to be there.”

Elliott will start the Daytona 500 in fourth.

Harvick finished second after passing Denny Hamlin in Turns 1 and 2 with two laps to go.

“I knew it was going to take two moves there, I had to try to get by Denny before I was going to have a chance to win the race,” Harvick told FS1. “We were able to make that move pretty good and then the 21 (Paul Menard) and the 14 (Clint Bowyer) got side-by side over there. Clint got to my bumper, but my car was so loose I didn’t want to pull it really hard to the right because it felt like it was going to spin out all night.”

Harvick will start sixth in the Daytona 500.

MORE: Race Results

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Paul Menard finished seventh after brushing the wall coming to the white flag … Denny Hamlin, who led 18 laps, finished ninth after being passed by Kevin Harvick.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Kyle Larson, Matt DiBenedetto and Erik Jones were involved in a wreck on Lap 12 on the backstretch that began when Chase Elliott got Jones loose while trying to pass him exiting Turn 2. Jones was the only driver to continue. Larson has wrecked out of both of his Speedweeks races so far.

NOTABLE: Danica Patrick finished 14th after narrowly avoiding the crash on Lap 12 … Larson and DiBenedetto will go to backup cars and start from the rear in the Sunday’s race … Chase Elliott’s win give Hendrick Motorsports its 15th Duel win, tying Richard Childress Racing for the most all time …. Hendrick has won five of the last eight Duel races.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “It’s just superspeedway racing at its finest, unfortunately.” – Matt DiBenedetto

WHAT’S NEXT: The 60th Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on Fox.

Aaron Rodgers shows support for Danica Patrick at Daytona

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is dating Danica Patrick, has been spotted at Daytona International Speedway.

Rodgers watched Patrick race her No. 7 Chevrolet in Can-Am Duel No. 2 from her pit box Thursday night.

Rodgers also is expected to attend Sunday’s Daytona 500, which will mark Patrick’s final start in NASCAR.

He won’t be the only quarterback in attendance. Two-time Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning will be the honorary pace car driver for the race.

Ryan Blaney wins Can-Am Duel No. 1 in overtime finish, Joey Logano second

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Ryan Blaney edged out teammate Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace Jr. to win Thursday’s first Can-Am Duel qualifying race in an overtime finish.

Blaney led six laps of the race that helps determine the starting field for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

It’s the second 1-2 finish for Team Penske of Speedweeks after Brad Keselowski beat Logano in The Clash on Sunday.

The top five was completed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kurt Busch.

Blaney, who will start third in the Daytona 500, was pushed to the lead on the restart by Wallace.

“I saw (Wallace) was third and figured he’d give me a good push,” Blaney told Fox Sports 1. “He did a good job of racing us home. He did a great job. … I thought our cars in the Clash and tonight have been really, really good. We have amazing speed. Hopefully we can bring it home on Sunday.”

Logano narrowly beat Wallace to the checkered flag after they battled down the frontstretch. Wallace will start the Daytona 500 in seventh.

“We were just biding our time there, got to the top and rode,” Wallace told Fox Sports 1. “I think the biggest challenge for me there at the end there was obviously pushing Blaney out (front), you’re welcome, bud. But then to keep the 41 (Busch) behind me. He was pretty aggressive. … A little late moving up in front of the 22 (Logano). But seventh is a lot better than 25th.”

The two-lap shootout was set up be a crash on the backstretch between Keselowski and Jamie McMurray with three laps to go in the scheduled 60-lap race.

Keselowski was in third when McMurray made a run on his outside. Keselowski moved up and made contact before turning in to the outside wall. Keselowski finished 16th, McMurray placed ninth.

MORE: Race results

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Joey Logano finished second after leading 56 of 63 laps, a record for laps led in a Duel … Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned his career-best finish in a Duel. His best result in his first six tries was 10th … Daniel Suarez bounced back from an early accident to finish eighth.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: The first caution was issued on Lap 8 for a wreck in the tri-oval involving Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola. Only Suarez was able to continue. … Johnson has wrecked out of both of his Speedweeks races so far … William Byron spun on Lap 39 after Stenhouse. attempted to pass him low in the tri-oval, which got Byron loose and turned him into the outside wall. Byron finished 18th … David Gilliland wrecked out with 12 laps to go after Stenhouse made a move to pass him and got Gilliland loose. He finished 17th …

NOTABLE: William Byron, Arica Almirola, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson will use backup cars in the Daytona 500. They will start from the rear of the field … Blaney’s win is the first for a Ford in a Duel since Matt Kenseth in 2012.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “There were the two best friends that ever was on the bottom with Darrell (Wallace Jr.) and Blaney there. They pushed the heck out of each other.” – Joey Logano

Tonight’s Duel qualifying races: Start time, lineup and more

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It’s time for the last appetizer before the NASCAR Cup Series gets its season underway in the Daytona 500.

Cup teams will take part in the Can-Am qualifying duels tonight under the lights at Daytona International Speedway.

The two races will set the field for Sunday’s race.

The starting lineups for each race were determined by pole qualifying last weekend.

If they’re able to survive their respective races, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin will start on the front row of the 500.

Each race will award points to the top-10 finishers. Winners will receive 10 points and 10th-place finishers will get one point.

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines for Duel No. 1 will be given by Olivier Camus, Global Marketing Director of Can-Am Off-Road at 7:08 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. The command for Duel No. 2 will be given by Anne-Marie LaBerge, Sr. V.P. of Global Brands & Communication, Can-Am.

PRERACE CEREMONIES: Driver introductions for Duel No. 1 begin at 6:20 p.m. Dr. Dan Glenn, Senior Pastor of Stetson Baptist Church will give the Invocation at 7 p.m. The National Anthem will be performed by Melisa TenBroeck, a native of Daytona Beach, at 7:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: Each race is scheduled for 60 laps (150 miles) around the 2.5-mile track.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast both race qualifying races. Race coverage begins at 7 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 6 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for clear skies with a high of 66 degrees and no chance of rain for the start of the first qualifying race.

LAST TIME: Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin each won their qualifying race last year.

STARTING LINEUP: Daytona Duel 1 Lineup

STARTING LINEUP: Daytona Duel 2 Lineup

 

Thursday’s schedule at Daytona

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The Cup Series got Daytona International Speedway all to itself last weekend as NASCAR’s Speedweeks began.

Now Cup teams get to share the 2.5-mile track with the other two national series.

The Camping World Truck Series has three practice sessions today ahead of its race on Friday night.

That comes before Cup cars return to the track for the Can-Am qualifying races under the lights.

Here’s Thursday’s track schedule, complete with TV and radio info.

All times are Eastern.

THURSDAY, Feb. 15

9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. — Truck Series garage open

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Xfinity garage open

11:35 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. — Camping World Truck Series practice (Fox Sports 1)

2:25 – 3:25 p.m. — Camping World Truck Series practice (FS1)

3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. — Cup garage open

4:35 – 5:25 p.m. — Final Camping World Truck Series practice (FS1)

5:15 p.m. — Cup driver – crew chief meeting

7 p.m. — Can-Am Duel 1; 150 miles/60 laps (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

9 p.m. — Can-Am Duel 2; 150 miles/60 laps (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)