Chris Buescher took the win and Joey Logano was wrecked in Thursday’s second Duel qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway due to a last-lap incident.
In Turn 2, Buescher got inside on Logano for the lead as the lead group of Logano, Buescher, Michael McDowell, and Harrison Burton passed a lapped car.
Logano tried to block Buescher, however the two collided, sending Logano slamming into the backstretch wall.
Buescher was ahead of McDowell when the caution came out to stop the race, giving Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing a sweep of Thursday’s Duels after Brad Keselowski’s triumph in Duel 1.
“I don’t want to get into [Logano] – just trying to pull down and get in front of the 15 [David Ragan] there,” Buescher explained to Fox Sports. “I don’t want it to happen that way for sure.
“But I am really proud of the effort. Proud of nice, good execution all the way down pit road, and we’re in a good [starting] spot here. That’s exciting.”
Burton collided with Logano when the latter rebounded over the wall, but he continued on and ranked third. The top five were Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell.
Logano was the ninth-place finisher. His No. 22 Team Penske team unloaded his backup car immediately after the race.
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Greg Biffle qualified for the Daytona 500 in 13th place. Biffle, a Cup Series race winner 19 times, will make his first appearance at NASCAR’s highest level since 2016. “This was a last minute deal,” Biffle told Fox Sports. “These team guys thrown together, we had trouble getting fuel in the car, I ran out of gas with two laps to go, 25 pounds of fuel pressure – everything happened tonight. But we finished [13th]. You know, I’m glad that maybe that fuel stop wasn’t perfect because I might have been in that wreck.”
Timmy Hill finished 20th, four laps down, and missed the Daytona 500. He decides to return home with J.J. Yeley.
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