Blaney Steals First Duel at Daytona

Ryan Blaney won the first Can-Am Duel race at Daytona International Speedway. It’s his first win at Daytona, in only his fourth career Duel race. He’ll start third in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Darrell Wallace Jr. pushed Blaney to the lead, and Wallace finished third, beat by a few inches by a charging Joey Logano.

Four cautions slowed the race. On lap nine, Jimmie Johnson blew a tire and spun into Aric Almirola. Johnson and Almirola dropped out of the race, while Daniel Suarez, who spun to avoid the melee, would continue. The second incident occurred when Ricky Stenhouse dove below William Byron, taking the air off of the left side of Byron’s car, which sent him spinning into the wall. The wreck would end Byron’s day. The third incident was a similar situation with Stenhouse diving below David Gilliland. Gilliland’s day would end because of the incident. Brad Keselowski brought out the last caution. He had to get out of the throttle after teammate Joey Logano slowed up. Keselowski tried to move up to pass Logano, but Jamie McMurray had already moved up. Keselowski turned it into the wall and ended his race.

Interestingly, the race’s progression was much the opposite of the Clash. This time, they ran single file early on, and both lines formed late in the race, which precipitated the wrecks later in the race. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the one to keep trying the bottom (occasionally joined by Kurt Busch and David Ragan) and that strategy eventually worked, elevating him to a fourth-place finish.

Here are the full results from Can-Am Duel 1:

  1. Ryan Blaney
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. David Ragan
  8. Daniel Suarez
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. Chris Buescher
  11. Ty Dillon
  12. Brendan Gaughan
  13. Jeffery Earnhardt
  14. Alex Bowman
  15. Justin Marks
  16. Brad Keselowski
  17. David Gilliland
  18. William Byron
  19. Jimmie Johnson
  20. Aric Almirola

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