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Daytona Duels 2020 results: Highlights from Daytona 500 qualifying races

Buildup to the Daytona 500 and a fresh season of NASCAR Cup Series racing arrived Thursday night via the Daytona Duels.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman had already claimed the first two spots in the field through pole qualifying, but everything else was up for grabs.

Joey Logano outlasted the field in Duel 1, meaning he will have the second-best inside positioning for the Daytona 500. William Byron came from behind to take Duel 2, meaning he will have the second-best outside positioning for the Daytona 500.

Reed Sorenson and Timmy Hill used the duels to qualify for the last vacant spots in Sunday’s race.

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We kept track of live updates and highlights from Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel races at Daytona. Follow along below for everything that happened, as well as the official lineup for the Daytona 500.

Daytona 500 starting lineup

Duel 1 results

The first duel race established the inside row for the Daytona 500. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had already clinched the pole entering the bout. (See below for highlights and commentary from the race.)

Here’s how the inside row will look 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.
Quin Houff
00

37.
Joey Gase
51

39.
Brendan Gaughan
62

Duel 2 results

The second duel race established the outside row for the Daytona 500. Alex Bowman had already clinched the best outside position entering the bout. (See below for highlights and commentary from the race.)

Here’s how the outside row will look Sunday:

Starting position
Driver
Car No.

2.
Alex Bowman
88

4.
William Byron
24

6.
Jimmie Johnson
48

8.
Kyle Larson
42

10.
Kevin Harvick
4

12.
Cole Custer
41

14.
Erik Jones
20

16.
Matt DiBenedetto
21

18.
Kurt Busch
1

20.
Ross Chastain
77

22.
Tyler Reddick
8

24.
Ty Dillon
13

26.
Michael McDowell
34

28.
Kyle Busch
18

30.
David Ragan
36

32.
Timmy Hill
66

34.
Brennan Poole
15

36.
Corey LaJoie
32

38.
B.J. McLeod
52

40.
Reed Sorenson
27

Daytona Duels 2020 live updates, highlights

Duel 2

10:44 p.m. — Byron wins Duel 2. 

Gaughan and Hill will race in the Daytona 500. Yeley will not.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 14, 2020

10:43 p.m. — Byron takes a late lead!

10:42 p.m. — Inside the final five laps, Harvick remains the leader. He’s been sturdy throughout Duel 2.

10:40 p.m. — Yeley, who took the worst of the earlier crash, seems OK health-wise.

10:37 p.m. — Harvick is still ahead.

Ten laps to go – Harvick, DiBenedetto, Jones

— Alex Andrejev (@AndrejevAlex) February 14, 2020

10:35 p.m. — Back to green. Twelve more laps.

10:24 p.m. — Caution flag is out for a significant wreck.

Crash! Yeley (who was trying to make it in) and LaJoie. Looked like Timmy Hill got into LaJoie from behind and LaJoie hit Yeley. “Dumbass! He picked my damn back tires off the ground!” Corey LaJoie says.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2020

10:19 p.m. — All cars have pitted at this point.

After pit stops, Harvick is the leader.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 14, 2020

10:14 p.m. — We’re halfway done with Duel 2.

30 laps down, 30 to go. The Toyotas and Fords haven’t pitted yet, so they are up front. The Chevy cars have pitted, so they are at the tail end of the lead lap (almost lapped).

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2020

10:07 p.m. — Through 20 clean laps, Bowman is in first place, Erik Jones is in second and Kurt Busch is in third. Top of the field remains fluid.

9:58 p.m. — Kevin Harvick holds an early advantage. Matt DiBenedetto and William Byron are just behind him.

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.

Joey Logano wins Daytona Duel No. 1 over Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Bubba Wallace, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex and Ricky Stenhouse.

Ford sweeps the top-four.

That said, Ricky Stenhouse’s new No. 47 looked really good.

— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) February 14, 2020

Haley and Sorenson are the open cars who make the Daytona 500 from this duel. Suarez and Finchum fail to make Daytona 500.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 14, 2020

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.

Nine to go. Logano leads a single-file line of Fords, though they are starting to split up behind him now. Sorenson still in good shape.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2020

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.

Daniel Suarez is out of the car and done for the night. He will not make the 62nd #Daytona500

— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) February 14, 2020

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.

Coming to the green flag, folks. Again, it’s 60 laps, no stages. Stenhouse-Elliott-Hamlin-Almirola-Bell.

Suarez, Sorenson, Finchum trying to race their way in. “We got this,” Suarez radios.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2020

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.

On the stadium PA, they are calling drivers back to their cars. Via NASCAR scanner, they are letting crews come out and uncover cars now.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2020

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.

Engines are fired and cars are rolling … however, the rain has picked up and cars are going to come back to pit road.

— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) February 14, 2020

7:15 p.m. — Oh nooooo.

Skies just opened up on the frontstretch. Fans scattering from the stands.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2020

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

Engines fired for Duel No. 1 at Daytona. 60 laps, 150 miles. No stages. Daniel Suarez, Reed Sorenson, Chad Finchum trying to race their way into the Daytona 500 from this Duel.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2020

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.

Pre-race ceremonies starting now for the Duels, but (as you can see/read/etc.), it’s drizzling out there.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2020

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