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: 2nd/2nd (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)
- Kevin Harvick (Started 4th, Finished 3rd / Running, completed 60 of 60 laps in Duel No. 1)
- Clint Bowyer (Started 2nd, Finished 2nd / Running, completed 60 of 60 laps in Duel No. 2)
- Kurt Busch (Started 11th, Finished 3rd / Running, completed 60 of 60 laps in Duel No. 2)
- Danica Patrick (Started 12th, Finished 7th / Running, completed 60 of 60 laps in Duel No. 2)
- Bowyer ran in second place for the first 24 laps before falling to sixth at the lap 25 competition caution.
- Bowyer dropped to 13th after an air gun malfunction during a pit stop. He rallied in the closing laps to finish second.
- Stewart-Haas Racing scored three top-five and four top-10 finishes in the Can-Am Duels at Daytona.
- Bowyer scored nine regular-season points, Harvick and Kurt Busch each scored eight.
- Drivers earning odd-numbered positions from Sunday’s pole qualifying session were assigned to the first Duel race. Drivers earning even-numbered positions from pole qualifying competed in the second Duel race. The starting positions for each Duel race were based on qualifying times.
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“Damn, this is fun again. Man, what a rocket ship. Hats off to all these guys that put all this hard work into these cars for Ford. This is going to be a great year. This is fun. (Crew Chief) Mike (Bugarewicz) and all the guys on the 14 car, it is just – it has been a long time coming. It is fun to get out here on one of my favorite race tracks and run up front. I want to thank everybody. Tony (Stewart) and Gene Haas, Mobil 1, Haas Automation, Ford, Yates — how about that horse power man.”
The 59th Daytona 500 gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 26, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 1 p.m.