Harvick, Logano Win Duels At Daytona

Harvick, Logano Win Duels At Daytona

By James Jackson

February 14, 2019

The Gander RV Duel’s at Daytona saw drivers race for their starting positions for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano won their respective duel races and will start on the second row on Sunday. The new Ford Mustangs showed a ton of speed, dominating both duels and parking two Mustangs in victory lane.

The first duel race was a calm race for the most part. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch made contact, putting Kyle Busch’s crew to the test trying to fix the car for the Daytona 500. Brad Keselowski had two penalties on pit road, hurting his chances for a good starting position Sunday. Parker Kligerman raced his way in the Daytona 500 Duel, knocking Ryan Truex in the Tommy Baldwin Racing entry out of the ‘Great American Race’.

As the green flag dropped in duel No. 2, Joey Gase, Brendan Gaughan and Casey Mears were all racing for the transfer spot.  The second duel saw a lot more action than the first did. There weren’t any accidents in the second duel, however there was plenty of action. Chase Elliott consistently tried to make the inside lane work, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney joined Elliott on the inside lane and shot Logano to point on the last lap. The last time a driver won a duel by only leading the last lap was Jeff Gordon in 2007. Brendan Gaughan and Casey Mears found themselves in the transfer spots and will race in the 61st Daytona 500.

Ryan Truex and Joey Gase leave Daytona International Speedway as the two drivers who didn’t race their way into the Daytona 500. The field is set for the 2019 Daytona 500, the top-10 is listed below.

ROW 1: William Byron (1st), Alex Bowman (2nd)

ROW 2: Kevin Harvick (3rd),  Joey Logano (4th)

ROW 3: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5th), Clint Bowyer (6th)

ROW 4: Paul Menard (7th), Aric Almirola (8th)

ROW 5: Matt DiBenedetto (9th), Denny Hamlin (10th)

From what we’ve seen from the speedweeks, it appears it’s going to be a battle between Ford and Chevy. The Daytona 500 is set for February 17, 2019 at 2:30pm.

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