In a qualifying event like no other, the NASCAR Cup Series continues to set the lineup for the Daytona 500 and the start of the 2020 racing season.
On February 9, Ricky Stenhouse Jr qualified his way to the pole position with Alex Bowman starting alongside on the front row.
On February 13, the remainder of the field will be set with The Bluegreen Vacations Duel Races. With the starting lineups set by their qualifying times, the drivers in the odd number positions will run in duel number one and the even position drivers will race in duel number two. By the end of the night the field for the 62nd annual Daytona 500 will be set.
The starting lineup for Duel 1:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr
John Hunter Nemechek
Rain has delayd the start of the race with the cars sitting on pit road to wait out the bad weather.
The rain has stopped and the track is finally dry after an extended delay and the drivers are ready to go.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead.
A 60 lap race, the drivers will have to make a stop for fuel.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr leads lap one with Chase Elliott right behind in second; Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.
Lap four, Clint Bowyer challenges Ricky Stenouse Jr for the lead but doesn’t quite have the push to take the lead.
Lap five, Ricky Stenhouse Jr holds on to the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.
Lap 10, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has led every lap so far with Chase Elliott holding down the second spot. The drivers are getting three wide across the track with Denny Hamlin caught up in the middle lane and falling back through the field.
A quarter of a way through the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is still in the lead with Chase Elliott right behind.
There is a lot of debris on the grille of Ricky Stenhouse Jr’s car but green flag pit stops are coming in a few laps.
Lap 18; the top five are Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano.
Lap 20, one third of the way through the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott in second.
Green flag pit stops have begun with the Chevrolets on lap 23. Clint Bowyer is the new leader.
Drivers are taking fuel only.
Lap 24 the Toyotas come down pit road. Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr make contact on pit road.
With a fuel load of 38 to 42 laps, the Fords are staying out on the track a bit longer before making a pit stop.
Lap 30, half way, Clint Bowyer leads the race.
Lap 31 the caution flag come out for a crash involving Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney. Suarez was one of the “open” cars who had to race his way into the 500.
The Fords finally make a pit stop under caution.
John Hunter Nemechek stays out on the track and is the leader of the race.
Daniel Suarez is out of the race…and will not be racing in the Daytona 500.
NASCAR is checking to see if the drivers who came down pit road did so when pit road was closes. They have determined that Clinty Bowyer and Chris Buescher made their pit stops while pit road was closed and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. The other drivers drove through and were not penalized.
Lap 36, pit road is open and the field makes a stop for service.
After the pit stops, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has once again taken the lead and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 with Chase Elliott in second.
After a big push from Aric Almirola, Joey Logano takes the lead form the outside lane on lap 39.
Lap 40, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has retaking the lead but gets passed again by Joey Logano.
Lap 41, Joey Logano is in the lead with Aric Almirola on his bumper; Austin Dillon, Ryan Preece, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.
Lap 42, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon are nose to nose with Dillon and Logano swapping the lead with Logano finally taking the lead on lap 43.
Lap 44, Austin Dillon is the new leader with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second.
Lap 45, Joey Logano takes the lead from the inside lane with Aric Almirola in second.
Lap 50, 10 to go, the top five are Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer.
Five to go, Joey Logano leads the race with Aric Almirola in second; Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.
Ricy Stenhouse and Joey Logano swap the lead back and forth with Joey Logano taking the lead at the white flag.
Joey Logano wins Duel number one and will start the race behind pole sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
One lap down, Reed Sorenson races his way into the Daytona 500.
The top 15 cars were separated by less than one second at the finish line.
The Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 results:
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
John Hunter Nemechek
The starting lineup for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2:
Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Jimmie Johnson before edging out for the lead with Kyle Busch on his bumper.
Alex Bowman leads lap one with Kyle Busch in second; Erik Jones, Cole Custer, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.
Lap three and the drivers are already three wide.
Lap four, Kevin Harvick takes the lead but Alex Bwoman battles back and swaps the lead back and forth with Harvick for a couple of laps before Kevin Harvick gets the lead on lap six.
Lap eight, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Matt DiBenedetto in second; Alex Bowman, William Byron and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Lap 13, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second; William Byron, Cole Custer and Alex Bowman round out the top five. Kyle Busch has dropped back to 13th.
Lap 16, Alex Bowman has brought the outside lane back up to challenge leader Kevin Harvick. Alex Bowman takes the lead with Erik Jones in second; Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick. and Michael McDowell round out the top five.
Lap 17 the inside lane has broken up.
Lap 18, the drivers have gotten single file with Alex Bowman leading the way.
Lap 20, one third through the race, Alex Bowman leads the race with Erik Jones in second; Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Leader Alex Bowman and the Chevrolet’s come down pit road for service on lap 23. Erik Jones is the new leader.
Lap 27, Erik Jones is in the lead with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, and Cole Custer round out the top five.
Lap 30, halfway, Erik Jones continues to lead the race. The Fords and Toyotas have yet to make a pitstop.
Lap 31, Kyle Busch takes the lead.
Lap 33, the Toyotas and the Fords finally make their pit stop.
Kevin Harvick beats Kyle Busch off of pit road to take the lead of the race.
Lap 38, there is a five car breakaway led by Kevin Harvick with Kyle Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, David Ragan, and Erik Jones.
Lap 40, 20 to go, Kevin Harvick leads the race with NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch in second.
Lap 42, JJ Yeley gets into the wall after making contact with Corey LaJoie, bringing out the caution flag.
JJ was attempting to race his way into the 500 but will not be a part of the race on Sunday.
Lap 44, pit road is open and most of the drivers come down pit road for service.
Taking only two tires, Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.
After the top five drivers stayed out on the track, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 and jumping out in front of Kyle Busch for the lead after a push from Matt DiBenedetto.
Lap 49, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch swap the lead but Harvick holds on to the lead with Busch dropping through the field.
Lap 50, 10 to go, Kevin Harvick leads the race; Matt DiBendetto, Erik Jones, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.
Eight laps to go, Kyle Busch gets hung out on the top lane and falls out of the top 10.
Lap 53, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Matt DiBenedetto in second.
Five to go, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead of the race; Matt DiBenedetto, Erik Jones, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.
Three to go, William Byron pulls out and moves into second place as the Chevrolet’s begin to make their move.
Lap 58, William Byron takes the lead with Jimmie Johnson in second and Kurt Busch in third.
William Byron takes the white flag.
With the drivers three wide behind him, William Byron wins the second Duel.
The Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 results: