Race Recap for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel
Date: Feb. 13, 2020
Event: Bluegreen Vacations Duel (qualifying races for the Daytona 500)
Series: 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
Start/Finish: 3rd/13th (Running, completed 60 of 60 laps in Duel No. 2)
Duel No. 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Duel No. 2 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
● Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry, finished 13th in Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2 qualifying race.
● Busch will start 28th in Sunday’s 62nd Daytona 500.
● Busch started third after posting the sixth-fastest time in Sunday’s Daytona 500 time trials. He ran among the top-five for the first 25 laps of the race.
● The Las Vegas native radioed to crew chief Adam Stevens that an adjustment was needed to help with the rear security of his M&M’S Toyota.
● Busch came down pit road for the first and only time of the 60-lap race on lap 33, where he took fuel and right-side tires.
● The 2019 Cup Series champion cycled back to second after the pit stop and sat second in a five-car breakaway as the laps wound down.
● When a late-race caution on lap 43 bunched the racecars back up, Busch was shuffled from the lead pack. While he tried to get pushes from David Ragan and Tyler Reddick, whatever he did it seemed he could not move back up through the pack.
● Busch crossed the finish line in 13th, with not much damage to his M&M’S Toyota as the team prepares for Sunday’s “Great American Race.”
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“There’s not much we could do to get back up to the front there at the end. Our M&M’S Camry was better when we were in a smaller pack, since we had more control over where I could move around. At the end, we had guys trying to push, but it just didn’t seem like we could move up no matter who was behind us. We’ll work on our M&M’S Camry tomorrow in practice and get ready for Sunday.”
Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Toyota, finished sixth in Duel No. 2.
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Toyota, finished seventh in Duel No. 1.
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota, finished 11th in Duel No. 1.
Next Up: The 62nd Daytona 500 gets underway at 2:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 16, with live coverage provided by FOX.