Race Recap for the Gander RV Duel

Date: Feb. 14, 2019
Event: Gander RV Duels (qualifying races 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: 7th/18th (Running, completed 59 of 60 laps) in Duel No. 1 

Duel No. 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Duel No. 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)


● Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Chocolate Bar Toyota Camry, finished 18th in Thursday night’s Gander RV Duel No. 1 qualifying race.

● Busch will start 31st in Sunday’s 61st Daytona 500.

● Busch fell from his seventh starting spot to 15th early in the race while stuck on the inside lane.

● The Las Vegas native came to pit road on lap 12 for fuel only and jumped up to fifth after the stop.

● Busch held within the top-five until bad fortune found him on lap 26, as Jimmie Johnson’s car drifted up and made contact with the left rear of Busch’s M&M’S Chocolate Bar Toyota, sending him spinning to the inside of the backstretch.

● While Busch did not make contact with the wall, he lost the flaps on the hood and bent the hinges, which made his car ill-handling after the team made repairs and the race went back to green.

● All Busch could do was ride around and finish the race without further damaging his car. 

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

“Obviously, a frustrating day. Not sure what happened there with Jimmie, but I held my line and we got turned. I thought our M&M’S Chocolate Bar Camry was pretty good before we spun, it handled fairly well. Adam (Stevens) and the guys will make some repairs and we’ll work on it in practice the next few days and hopefully have a better day on Sunday.”

JGR Finish:

  • Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota, finished fourth in Duel No. 2.
  • Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Toyota, finished fifth in Duel No. 1.
  • Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Toyota, finished 14th in Duel No. 2.

Next Up: The 61st Daytona 500 gets underway at 2:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 17, with live coverage provided by FOX.