Race Recap for the Can-Am Duel

Date: Feb. 23, 2017
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
Start/Finish: 6th/12th (Running, completed 60 of 60 laps)
Duel No. 1 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Duel No. 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota) 


●  Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M'S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), finished 12th in Thursday night’s Can-Am Duel Qualifying race No. 1.
●  Busch will start 21st in Sunday’s 59th Daytona 500.
●  Busch led for a total of seven laps in the 60-lap qualifying race.
●  Busch was running within the top-three on lap 37 when the car of Jamie McMurray made contact with Busch from behind, pushing him up the track. The M&M’S driver was able to make quite a save, but had damage from the scrape.
●  The Las Vegas native dropped towards the back of the pack, but again was a victim of circumstance, as he again scraped the wall avoiding a multicar accident along the frontstretch with less than 10 laps to go.
●  Busch came to pit under the final caution of the race and had to start from the rear. While the M&M’S Toyota gained several spots before the end of the race, he finished the race a disappointing 12th after a promising run early in the race before the car suffered damage. 

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

“We had a pretty good M&M’S Camry there at the start. It’s unfortunate we got the damage that we did when we got together with the 2 (Brad Keselowski) and the 1 car (McMurray). We just have too much damage to get back up to the front and have a chance to win. We will work on our car here in practice over the next couple of days and see if we can have a chance on Sunday. Our JGR Camry’s have been good since we’ve been down here and we’re looking forward to Sunday.” 

JGR Finish: 

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota, finished 1st in Duel No. 2
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota, finished 5th in Duel No. 1
Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 19 Toyota, finished 11th in Duel No. 1
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 12th in Duel No. 1
Next Up: 
The 59th Daytona 500 gets underway at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m.