Race Recap for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel Race #2
Date: Feb. 11, 2021
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: 8th/4th (Running, completed 63 of 63 laps in Duel No. 2)
Note: Duel No. 2 extended three laps past its scheduled 60-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.
Duel No. 1 Winner: Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Duel No. 2 Winner: Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet) in overtime
● Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry, finished fourth in Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2 qualifying race.
● Busch will start 10th in Sunday’s 63rd Daytona 500.
● Busch started the Duel eighth after posting the 16-fastest time in Wednesday night’s Daytona 500 time trials. He dropped to 12th place at the drop of the green flag as he radioed to the M&M’S team that he had a hard time sucking up to the car in front of him.
● The Las Vegas native radioed to crew chief Ben Beshore that, while his M&M’S Toyota had a good balance, he felt slow compared to others around him.
● Busch came down pit road for the first and only time of the 60-lap race on lap 37, where he took four tires and fuel.
● The 2019 Cup Series champion cycled back to 11th after the pit stop and sat within the top-five as the laps wound down.
● The M&M’S driver sat in second place behind Bubba Wallace coming out of turn four, but he didn’t have any help behind him to push him by Wallace with the high line having more momentum.
● Busch crossed the finish line in fourth with his M&M’S Toyota, setting up his top-10 start for Sunday’s “Great American Race.”
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“Our M&M’S Camry drove well. But we just didn’t quite have the speed we were looking for, and our car wouldn’t suck up behind another car as much as I would have liked it to. On the last lap, I just didn’t have enough help behind me to do anything. Hoping we get a chance to work on our car in practice on Saturday and make some changes so we can go after a win on Sunday.”
Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 20 Toyota, finished second in Duel No. 1.
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Toyota, finished 12th in Duel No. 2.
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota, finished 13th in Duel No. 1.
The 63rd Daytona 500 gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, with live coverage provided by FOX.