Thursday’s Can Am Duels at Daytona Lineups Set

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Sunday was all about qualifying for the front row for next Sunday’s 60th annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). But, for those that didn’t make the front row and guarantee those two starting spots when the checkered flag on the two round qualifying format, the other 38 drivers saw their starting spot for Thursday night’s Can Am Duels (7 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The odd numbered qualifiers will race in the first duel, while the even numbered qualifiers will run in the second duel. 

Alex Bowman during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

This year will be different as there’s only 40 drivers competing in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition at Daytona this year. That means no one goes home on Thursday.

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The favorites on Thursday night though have to be the eight drivers from the Hendrick Motorsports or the Joe Gibbs Racing organizations. They’ve combined to win the last nine Duels, dating back to the second duel in 2013.

On Thursday, HMS drivers will start 1-2-3 in the first duel, while JGR will do the same in the second race.

Duel No. 1 Starting Lineup

Row 1: Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson

Row 2: William Byron R, Daniel Suarez

Row 3: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano

Row 4: Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney

Row 5: Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski

Row 6: Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray

Row 7: Darrell Wallace Jr. R, Ty Dillon

Row 8: Chris Buescher, Brendan Gaughan

Row 9: Justin Marks R, Jeffrey Earnhardt

Row 10: David Gilliland, David Ragan

Duel No. 2 Starting Lineup

Row 1: Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch

Row 2: Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick

Row 3: Chase Elliott, Paul Menard

Row 4: Austin Dillon, Clint Bowyer

Row 5: Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne

Row 6: Kyle Larson, Michael McDowell

Row 7: Martin Truex Jr., Danica Patrick

Row 8: AJ Allmendinger, Matt DiBenedetto

Row 9: DJ Kennington, Mark Thompson

Row 10: Corey LaJoie, Gray Gaulding


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