Looking back at this year’s Can-Am Duels
The Cam-Am Duels took place Thursday night and not only did set the starting grid for the Daytona 500, we were also able to learn a lot about who had what and who can do what for the upcoming 500. In the first Duel we saw Alex Bowman drop back since he already clinched the pole for the Daytona 500. Veteran Kevin Harvick said Bowman’s race was a “complete waste of time” because Bowman just rode in the back the whole time. Daniel Suarez proved he could be strong for the 500. He spun early but bounced back and will start 17th.
Team Penske continues to look good with Joey Logano finishing second twice in Speedweeks, Keselowski winning the Clash, and Ryan Blaney winning his qualifying race. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. looked to also have a strong car as he pushed Blaney to the win in their qualifying race. Wallace will start 7th on Sunday. We could see more Blaney and Wallace teamwork, with them being best friends and all.
In the second Duel, we saw Chase Elliot winning his race for the second year in a row. We’ll see if this success can transfer to the 500 and if he can stay out of bad luck. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. looked very good. He seemed to have a car that can go anywhere he wanted. The problem was he couldn’t get anyone to help him to the front, he very well could have won his race. Paul Menard looked good in the Wood Brothers 21 car.
He could be a good dark horse pick to win the Daytona 500. He was able to get near the front and stay there. The Wood Brothers last won the 500 back in 2011. Denny Hamlin, who is locked in the second place starting spot, kept the car out front all night until the end when he didn’t need to be in the mix anymore. You have to think he is one the favorites to win this Sunday. Erik Jones looked strong, running third until a spin sent him back. He was able to bounce back and will start 8th. He’s another driver to look out for.
The Daytona 500 will start at 1:30 this Sunday, February 18th. You will be able to catch all the action on Fox.