Daytona Duels 2020 live updates, results, highlights from Daytona 500 qualifying races

Daytona Duels 2020 live updates, results, highlights from Daytona 500 qualifying races

Buildup to the Daytona 500 and a fresh season of NASCAR Cup Series racing is finally here, with the Daytona Duels taking place Thursday night.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman have already claimed the first two spots in the field through pole qualifying, but everything else is up for grabs. The results of Duel 1 will set the inside row for Sunday’s race, and the results of Duel 2 will set the outside row. There are also two spots for the Daytona 500 that need to be filled, making Thursday night crucial for drivers who haven’t yet qualified.

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Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 last year, while Austin Dillon claimed the victory in 2018.

We’re keeping track of live updates and highlights from Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel races at Daytona. Follow along below.

Daytona 500 starting lineup

Duel 1 results

The first duel race established the inside row for the Daytona 500. (See below for highlights from the battle.)

Here’s what the inside row will look like Sunday:

Starting position Driver Car No.
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47
3. Joey Logano 22
5. Aric Almirola 10
7. Ryan Newman 6
9. Brad Keselowski 2
11. Bubba Wallace 43
13. Austin Dillon 3
15. Martin Truex Jr. 42
17. Christopher Bell 95
19. Chris Buescher 17
21. Denny Hamlin 11
23. John Hunter Nemechek 38
25. Chase Elliott 9
27. Ryan Blaney 12
29. Clint Bowyer 14
31. Ryan Preece 37
33. Justin Haley 16
35. Reed Sorenson 27
37. Quin Houff 00
39. Joey Gase 51

Daytona Duels 2020 live updates, highlights

9:52 p.m. — Duel 2 has started. This race will set the outside row for the Daytona 500.

9:37 p.m. — Duel 2 should begin in the next 10 minutes or so.

Duel 1

9:14 p.m. — Logano holds on to win Duel 1. He won his duel here in 2019 as well. Aric Almirola finished second and Ryan Newman finished third.

9:12 p.m. — Stenhouse Jr. is making a strong final push. So far, though, Logano is holding steady.

9:08 p.m. — Logano is chugging along nicely with fewer than 10 laps to go.

9:04 p.m. — Stenhouse Jr. falls back, and Logano gains full possession of first place with 14 laps remaining.

9:01 p.m. — Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Logano are now running neck-and-neck at the front.

8:57 p.m. — We’re back to green after that crash. Twenty-three more laps remain in Duel 1.

8:45 p.m. — Update: Suarez is done for the night, and by extension, also finished for the weekend.

8:44 p.m — Caution is out after the first crash of the night. Daniel Suarez — who is still fighting for a place in the Daytona 500 — was involved in the wreck.

8:38 p.m. — Drivers are starting to pit.

8:31 p.m. — Stenhouse Jr., who has already clinched the top starting spot in the Daytona 500, continues to pace the field here in Duel 1. Behind him is an array of veteran drivers constantly alternating positions. Right now it’s Elliott in second and Clint Bowyer in third.

8:23 p.m. — Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin lead the pack through five laps.

8:17 p.m. — Duel 1 is officially underway about an hour later than scheduled.

Weather delay

8:08 p.m. — Looks like we’re about to get going for real this time.

8:01 p.m. — Good news: Drivers are headed back to their cars.

7:48 p.m. — Nothing new to report on the delay. It’s still unclear when Duel 1 might be able to take place tonight.

7:26 p.m. — Heavy duty equipment being brought in.

7:16 p.m. — After engines were fired up and wheels were rolling, rain intensified. Red flag is out.

7:15 p.m. — Oh nooooo.

7:10 p.m. — Engines fired. Cars moving.

7:08 p.m. — No delays in sight. Duel 1 is about to get underway.

7 p.m. — Hello, everyone. Welcome to a new NASCAR season. There’s some light rain at Daytona right now but nothing too serious. Hopefully there won’t be a delay.

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