Buescher wins Duel 2 with dramatic finish

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 17: Alex Bowman, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, lead the field to start the NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duel #2 at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

After an exciting Race 1, the second duel landed at the Daytona International Speedway, ready to continue the build-up fight to the Great American Race this Sunday.

Brad Keselowski took the victory of the first duel, while Kaz Grala managed to secure his spot for the Daytona 500. Read all that happened here.

The drivers trying to get into the Daytona 500 in Duel 2 were Jacques Villeneuve, Greg Biffle, and Timmy Hill. We previously asked Villeneuve why he still tries to race the 500, and you can read his response here.

Alex Bowman led the pack off the start/finish line at the green flag. He was followed by Aric Almirola and Martin Truex Jr. in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The trio pushed hard and so did the cars from behind, with Joey Logano taking the lead on the second lap of the race around the outside. However, he did so briefly, and his battle with Bowman continued.

Drama for Villeneuve started before the race went green – his car failed to fire up and he was pushed on the pit lane, with his engine being checked by the team. The issue was with the throttle cable, but the Formula 1 Champion was able to start the race and his spot in the Daytona 500 was secured as he reached the required speed.

Almirola, who had started third, was struggling on lap 7 of the race, as he dropped down to 19th place. The driver was suffering an issue with his car, which caused him to slow down.

The battle for the first place remained strong throughout the first half of the race – Chris Buescher was the new leader on lap 17, but the position was continuously exchanged by those battling at the front.

Denny Hamlin spun in the pit lane as the Toyotas came down for their stops midway through the race. He came out in the 19th position.

The drama unfolded at the end of the last lap, as Joey Logano – who was running first – was spun around by second-placed Chris Buescher as Logano went down to defend.

In the end, it was Buescher who took the victory of the second duel, with Greg Biffle taking a sport for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Pos.Car No.DriverManufacturer
117Chris BuescherFord
234Michael McDowellFord
321Harrison BurtonFord
418Kyle BuschToyota
520Christopher BellToyota
619Martin Truex Jr.Toyota
723Bubba WallaceToyota
847Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Chevrolet
922Joey LoganoFord
104Kevin HarvickFord
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