Blaney, Elliott take out Daytona NASCAR Duels

Daniel Herrero

Friday 16th February, 2018 - 5:33pm

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Ryan Blaney wins Duel 1 at Daytona

Ryan Blaney has given Team Penske its second win of Speedweeks with an overtime victory in the first Duel at Daytona while Chase Elliott took out the second encounter.

Blaney led Joey Logano to another one-two for Penske’s Ford outfit, but an even better result went begging when Clash winner Brad Keselowski effectively wrecked himself to cause the final Caution.

Running third, Keselowski checked up behind Logano on Lap 58 of the scheduled 60, choosing to move across as Jamie McMurray got a run on the outside of Car #2 and turned it into the wall.

Logano had led for virtually the whole race until that point, having passed Daniel Suarez at the end of the opening lap.

However, Blaney got by in the same moment which tempted Keselowski into his race-ending move, and held on at the final restart with the overtime finish taking the race to 63 laps.

Darrell Wallace Jnr finished third, having passed Logano in the final two laps before being pipped at the chequered flag.

Daytona 500 pole-sitter Alex Bowman opted to preserve his Hendrick Chevrolet, dropping to the back of the field at the start and ultimately finishing 14th.

Jimmie Johnson, on the other hand, was involved in carnage again when he lost a tyre on Lap 9.

Despite efforts to get low and retreat to the pits, he lost control and hit Aric Almirola, causing the latter to cannon into the wall.

In Duel 2, Elliott led the final 34 laps on his way to a win over Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones.

Denny Hamlin and Harvick both took turns in the lead for the first 26 laps, save for the shuffling resulting from pit stops made under the single Caution of the race.

Remarkably, Elliott had taken the subsequent restart in last position as a penalty for his pit crew jumping over the wall too early during those stops.

Hamlin dropped off at the end, having already qualified on the front row for the Daytona 500, but Harvick continued to go after the leader.

That proved slightly costly for fellow Stewart-Haas Ford driver Clint Bowyer, who got caught out trying to push Harvick to victory, only for Jones to swoop and steal third place at the final corner.

Practice resumes on Friday and Saturday before Sunday’s (local times) Daytona 500.

VIDEO: Brad Keselowski crashes out of Duel 1

VIDEO: Duel 1: Final lap

Results: Duel 1, Daytona International Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 63 6 Running
2 22 Joey Logano Ford 63 56 Running
3 43 Darrell Wallace Jnr Chevrolet 63 0 Running
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 63 0 Running
5 41 Kurt Busch Ford 63 0 Running
6 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 63 0 Running
7 38 David Ragan Ford 63 0 Running
8 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 63 0 Running
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 63 0 Running
10 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 63 0 Running
11 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 63 0 Running
12 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 63 0 Running
13 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 63 0 Running
14 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 63 0 Running
15 51 Justin Marks Chevrolet 63 1 Running
16 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 57 0 Crash
17 92 David Gilliland Ford 47 0 Crash
18 24 William Byron Chevrolet 38 0 Crash
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 8 0 Crash
20 10 Aric Almirola Ford 8 0 Crash

Results: Duel 2, Daytona International Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 60 34 Running
2 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 60 7 Running
3 20 Erik Jones Toyota 60 0 Running
4 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 60 0 Running
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 60 0 Running
6 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 60 0 Running
7 21 Paul Menard Ford 60 0 Running
8 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 60 0 Running
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 60 18 Running
10 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 60 0 Running
11 34 Michael McDowell Ford 60 0 Running
12 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 60 0 Running
13 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 60 0 Running
14 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 60 0 Running
15 96 DJ Kennington Toyota 58 0 Running
16 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 58 0 Running
17 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 55 1 Running
18 66 Mark Thompson Ford 32 0 Vibration
19 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 11 0 Crash
20 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 11 0 Crash

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