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.”
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.