Last night NASCAR set the front row the for Daytona 500. Tonight they will set the remainder of the field with the Bluegreen Vacations Duels at the 2.5 mile high banks of Daytona International Speedway.

On Wednesday night Alex Bowman put his number 48 car on the pole with Hendricks team mate William Byron alongside on the front row.

Bowman will lead the field for Duel number one; while Byron will lead the field for Duel number two.

With 44 cars in the field, four drivers will not make the race.

In the first points race of the season, the drivers will run 60 laps for 150 miles around the tri-oval to set the field for Sunday’s Daytona 500. While racing aggressive, the drivers must also be careful with their cars since they must run the same car for both the Duels and the 500.

The starting lineup for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel number 1:
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Christopher Bell
Ryan Preece
Daniel Suarez
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Cindric
Joey Logano
Ryan Newman
Cole Custer
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Ty Dillon
Jamie McMurray
Quin Houff
Timmy Hill
Cody Ware
Josh Bilicki

Daytona 500 pole sitter Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of Duel number 1 and edges out in front of Aric Almirola to take the lead; but Almirola in the outside lane quickly pulls even with Bowman as drivers get three wide back in the field.

Lap two, the top five are Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Suarez.

Lap three, in a three wide battle for the lead, Daniel Suarez is the new leader with Alex Bowman in second.

Lap five, Christopher Bell takes the lead with the drivers three wide through the field.

Lap six, Aric Almirola takes the lead.

Lap seven, the top five are Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, and Joey Logano.

Lap nine, Christopher Bell leads the race with Aric Almirola in second. The duo battle back and forth as they swap the lead. Christopher Bell has some debris on his front grille.

Lap 15, the top five are Aric Almirola, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, and Michael McDowell.

The drivers cannot complete the race on a single fuel load and will have to make a pit stop to complete the race.

Lap 20, Aric Almirola holds on to the lead with Joey Logano just a tenth of a second back in second; Ryan Newman, Michael McDowell, and Ty Dillon round out the top five. Pole sitter Alex Bowman has dropped to the back of the field in hopes of protecting his car.

Lap 23, from the outside lane, Aric Almirola leads the race with Joey Logano right behind him; Michael McDowell, Matt DiBenedetto, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

As the pit window approaches, the cars get single file in preparation for coming to pit road.

Lap 28, nearly half the field are Chevrolets but Ford occupies the top four spots on the track beginning with Aric Almirola; Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Matt DiBenedetto, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 30, halfway, Aric Almirola has dominated the race so far.

Pole sitter Alex Bowman has brought his car down pit road with the hood up. Should the team have to replace the engine, Bowman will have to start the race from the back of the field; however, if the team can fix the issue, Bowman will maintain his pole position.

The Fords are coming down pit road for service including leader Aric Almirola.

With 26 laps to go, the Toyotas come down pit road for service.

Austin Cindric was caught speeding on pit road and has to make a pass through penalty.

The Chevrolets brings their cars down pit road.

Lap 36, Kyle Larson is the leader of the race.

Once pit stops have cycled through, Aric Almirola retakes the lead with Joey Logano in second; Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman, and Ty Dillon round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Aric Almirola continues to lead the race with Joey Logano in second with 18 cars on the lead lap.

FOX Sports commentator Larry McReynolds said that Kyle Larson’s team may not have gotten enough fuel in the car.

Pole sitter Alex Bowman has returned to the track two laps down; saying that while the car feels ok, he has a vibration.

Fifteen to go, Aric Almirola leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman, and Ty Dillon round out the top five.

Aric Almirola has led 36 of the 48 laps run so far.

Ten laps remain in Duel number one and Aric Almirola continues to dominate the race with 16 cars on the lead lap.

The drivers have begun to create an inside lane as they work to move through the field.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track. The top five are Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Christopher Bell, and Denny Hamlin.

Five to go, Aric Almirola continues to lead the race with Joey Logano in second but the inside lane is beginning to move up in the field.

With Joey Logano on his bumper, Aric Almirola takes the white flag for one final lap.

Joey Logano drops to the inside lane to battle Aric Almirola for the lead.

In a three wide battle, Tampa native Aric Almirola wins Duel number one in a caution free race.

Cole Custer hits the wall on the final lap.

Denny Hamlin’s car ran out of fuel crossing the finish line.

Results for Duel number one:
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Ryan Newman
Joey Logano
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Michael McDowell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Denny Hamlin
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Erik Jones
Quin Houff
Timmy Hill
Alex Bowman
Cody Ware
Josh Bilicki


After a caution free first race, the odds are that race number two will be a crash fest.

The starting lineup for Duel number 2:
William Byron
Bubba Wallace
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
David Ragan
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kaz Grala
Chase Briscoe
Ross Chastain
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Chris Buescher
Anthony Alfredo
Corey LaJoie
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Joey Gase
Derrike Cope
Noah Gragson

And rain comes to the race track. The teams have covered the cars and the track dryers are at work trying to get the track back in racing condition.

After a rain and drying delay of over two hours, the drivers have finally been called to their cars in preparation for running the second Duel race.

Twenty-two cars, a green racetrack, and nearly three hours of delays with William Byron on the pole get the second Duel race started.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Byron jumping out in front of Bubba Wallace to take the lead of the race.

Bubba Wallace gets around William Byron on turn three to take the lead.

Lap two, William Byron and Bubba Wallace battle for the lead.

La three, William Byron leads the race with Austin Dillon in second; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Drivers are getting thee wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap five, William Byron continues to lead the race with Austin Dillon in second; Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap eight, the top five remains the same with William Byron leading the way.

Lap eleven, once he took the lead, William Byron is not letting go; Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch round out the top five. In the first race for his new team, Bubba Wallace is in seventh place

Lap 13, Kevin Harvick takes the lead from the outside lane with Bubba Wallace in second.

Lap 15, Kevin Harvick and Bubba Wallace swap the lead back and forth as the inside and outside lanes close up.

Lap 16, the top five are Bubba Wallace, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 18, in a three wide battle, William Byron takes the lead only to be replaced by Kevin Harvick.

Lap 19, William Byron leads the race with Austin Dillon in second.

Las 20, Kevin Harvick and William Byron battle for the lead.

Lap 21, the top five are William Byron, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 25, William Byron continues to lead the race with Austin Dillon in second; Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Halfway, William Byron holds on to the lead of the race with Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney battling it out for second.

With 27 laps to go, the drivers still need to make a pit stops; they continue to race two wide.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick takes the lead of the race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 35 for a multi car wreck involving Anthony Alfredo, Garrett Smithley, Kaz Grala, and Chase Briscoe; sending them for a run through the grass. All four of the drivers are trying to make their first Daytona 500. BJ McLeod was also involved in the crash.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ryan Blaney winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart with 20 laps remaining in the race with Kevin Harvick alongside on the front row.

There are 18 cars on the lead lap. BJ McLeod and Anthony Alfredo are off the track.

Ryan Blaney jumps out in front from the outside lane to take the lead with Kevin Harvick in second.

Austin Dillon takes the lead but Ryan Blaney quickly reclaims the lead.

Lap 41, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Austin Dillon.



William Byron takes the lead with Austin Dillon in second.

Lap 42, Austin Dillon and William Byron battle for the lead with Byron winning out.

Lap 43, William Byron and Austin Dillon continue to battle for the lead with Bubba Wallace in third.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Fifteen to go, William Byron leads the race with Austin Dillon in second; Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

As the laps wind down, the drivers are getting aggressive – beating and banging on each other.

Ten to go, William Byron leads the field but gets challenged by Martin Truex Jr.

The top five are William Byron, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 51, Martin Truex Jr takes the lead on the outside lane.

Lap 53,Kevin Harvick passes Martin Truex Jr the lead and moves up to the outside lane.

Five to go, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Truex getting out in front.

Garrett Smithley gets loose and brings out the second caution flag. William Byron, Noah Grason, Ross Chastain, Brad Keselowski, and Bubba Wallace were all involved. William Bryon earned a front row starting spot for the 500 on Sunday but has significant damage to his car and will likely have to go to a backup car and start the race from the back of the field.

After a three hour rain delay, the second Duel race goes into overtime. The wreck also caused significant damage to Noah Gragson’s car and he will not make the race on Sunday.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag overtime start with Bubba Wallace alongside on the front row. Truex edges out for the lead with Bubba Wallace in second and Kyle Busch in third. Kurt Busch is out of fuel and goes down pit road.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag.

With some help from Kyle Busch, Bubba Wallace takes the lead, Coming from the inside, Austin Dillon edges out Bubba Wallace for the win.

Duel 2 Results:
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
David Ragan
Kurt Busch
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Gase
Kaz Grala
Chase Briscoe
Garrett Smithley
Derrike Cope
Noah Gragson
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Anthony Alfredo
BJ McLeod

The starting lineup for the Daytona 500:
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Bubba Wallace
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kevin Harvick
Christopher Bell
Ryan Preece
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
David Ragan
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Blaney
Austin Cindric
Kaz Grala
Joey Logano
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Newman
Ross Chastain
Cole Custer
Brad Keselowski
Michael McDowell
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Tyler Reddick
Anthony Alfredo
Ty Dillon
Jamie McMurray
Corey LaJoie
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Timmy Hill
Cody Ware