Joey Logano Makes "Impossible Pass" to Win Duel 2 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano completed a pass of several cars on the final lap of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup qualifying race Gander RV Duel 2 and went on to win the race.  It made it a sweep for Ford I both qualifying races.  Keven Harvick won the earlier Gander RV Duel 1.

Logano went from fourth to first right after the final lap began in his Duel. He had Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney behind him and used the push from Blaney and a side draft off Aric Almirola to vault ahead of Almirola, Denny Hamlin and leader Clint Bowyer before the field hit the backstretch. It’s not hyperbole to say it’s one of the most impressive passes made at Daytona in quite some time. Especially when you consider the circumstances.

The rule in both races was single-file racing along the upper groove in the corners of the track. It’s not the most compelling racing. But at the same time, you can’t blame teams for being conservative in a qualifying race and risk wrecking their primary cars for the Daytona 500.

The final rundown was:

1. Joey Logano (4th)

2. Clint Bowyer (6th)

3. Aric Almirola (8th)

4. Denny Hamlin (10th)

5. Kurt Busch (12th)

6. Ryan Blaney (14th)

7. Jamie McMurray (16th)

8. Chase Elliott (18th)

9. Austin Dillon (20th)

10. Ty Dillon (22nd)

11. David Ragan (24th)

12. Kyle Larson (26th)

13. Alex Bowman (2nd)

14. Erik Jones (28th)

15. Brendan Gaughan (30th)

16. Corey LaJoie (32nd)

17. Casey Mears (40th)

18. Michael McDowell (34th)

19. Ross Chastain (36th)

20. Joey Gase (DNQ)

21. BJ McLeod (38th)

The starting grid for the Daytona 500 will be coming out shortly.

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:31 PM, 02.14.2019