William Byron Wins Duel Two at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - William Byron won the second Daytona 500 qualifying race Thursday night, beating Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson.  The 60-lap races set the field for the Daytona 500 raced on Sunday.  Byron led the final three laps after he passed Kevin Harvick for the lead with help from a push by Kurt Busch.

Harvick, who led a race-high 34 laps, finished fourth. The top five was completed by rookie Cole Custer.

As the race winner, Byron will start fourth in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

“There weren’t any Chevy orders or anything like that,” Byron told FS1. “We just did a good job of working together. Kurt was a great pusher and great helper and I really had a lot of trust in him. I was really trying to go with one to go, but I had enough momentum out of the tri-oval, just watching old races that’s kind of where the momentum lines up. I didn’t know if I’d get that same momentum once everyone started pushing with one to go.”

Timmy Hill was the highest finishing non-chartered – or “open” – driver, placing 16th and locking himself into the Daytona 500.

The other “open” driver in the race, JJ Yeley, was eliminated in a crash with 18 laps to go.

Results, Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2:
Pos, Driver, Car, Behind Leader, Behind Next, Laps, Laps Led, Last Lap , Last Speed

1) William Byron, No. 24 Axalta 'Color of the Year' Chevrolet, Leader, Leader, 60, 3, 45.448, 198.029
2) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 0.117, 0.117, 60, 0, 45.490, 197.846
3) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, 0.237, 0.120, 60, 0, 45.316, 198.605
4) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light #PIT4BUSCH Ford, 0.270, 0.033, 60, 34, 45.579, 197.459
5) Cole Custer, No. 41 Haas Automation Ford, 0.291, 0.021, 60, 0, 45.149, 199.340
6) Erik Jones, No. 20 DEWALT Toyota, 0.361, 0.070, 60, 8, 45.123, 199.455
7) Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 0.402, 0.041, 60, 0, 45.624, 197.265
8) Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet , 0.429, 0.027, 60, 0, 45.676, 197.040
9) Ross Chastain (i), No. 77 AdventHealth Chevrolet, 0.486, 0.057, 60, 0, 45.466, 197.950
10) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet, 0.509, 0.023, 60, 0, 45.631, 197.234
11) Ty Dillon, No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet, 0.525, 0.016, 60, 0, 45.699, 196.941
12) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 0.659, 0.134, 60, 0, 45.505, 197.780
13) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Toyota, 0.660, 0.001, 60, 3, 45.686, 196.997
14) David Ragan, No. 36 Select Blinds Ford, 1.169, 0.509, 60, 0, 45.898, 196.087
15) Alex Bowman, No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet, 8.300, 7.131, 60, 13, 45.725, 196.829
16) Timmy Hill (i), No. 66 RoofClaim.com/VSI Racing Ford, 8.603, 0.303, 60, 0, 45.778, 196.601
17) Brendan Gaughan (i), No. 62 Beard Motorsports/South Point Chevrolet, 38.472, 29.869, 60, 0, 47.945, 187.715
18) Brennan Poole, No. 15 SpartanGo Chevrolet, -1.000, -39.472, 59, 0, 45.745, 196.743
19) Corey LaJoie, No. 32 RagingBull.com Ford, -1.000, 0.000, 59, 0, 45.985, 195.716
20) BJ McLeod (i), No. 52  Ford, -2.000, -1.000, 58, 0, 49.097, 183.311
21) JJ Yeley, No. 54  Ford, -19.000, -17.000, 41, 0, 69.986, 128.597

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

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 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:55 PM, 02.13.2020