Can-Am Duel Race Recap

Date: Feb. 15, 2018
Event: Can-Am Duel (qualifying race for the Daytona 500)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format: Twin 150-mile qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500

Kyle Busch Start/Finish: 2nd/5th (Running, completed 60 of 60 laps) in 2nd Duel Race

Duel No. 1 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford) in overtime

Duel No. 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)


●  Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry finished fifth in Thursday night’s Can-Am Duel Qualifying race No. 2.

●  Busch will start 12th in Sunday’s 60th Daytona 500.

●  Busch received six regular season points with his fifth-place finish in the second Duel.

●  Busch settled into second on lap one, falling in line behind JGR teammate Denny Hamlin.

●  The Las Vegas native found himself fifth when the only caution of the race waved on lap 12.

●  Busch pitted for fuel only on lap 13 during his only stop of the 60-lap qualifying race.

●  During the final laps, Busch pushed towards the front from seventh to fifth on the final two laps to bring home a solid top-five finish. 

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

“I was just trying to figure out ways of retching it forward with our M&M’S Camry. I had a couple of times where it was working pretty good getting there to the front and then I just got impatient. I didn’t see enough holes to move it forward but I tried anyway. I slid backwards a little bit and then had to come forward again. But overall, this was an okay night. Not a scratch on our M&M’S Camry – that’s the good part and we can fine tune her a little bit to try to make it better to be good for the (Daytona) 500.” 

JGR Finish:

Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Toyota, finished 3rd in Duel No. 2

Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 19 Toyota, finished 8th in Duel No. 1

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota, finished 9th in Duel No. 2

Next Up: The 60th Daytona 500 gets underway at 2:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 18, with live coverage provided by FOX.