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.”
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
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.