The first Daytona Duel was dominated by one driver alone, leaving some to believe that Duel #2 will be the best of the two events. Logan Sheets, Mark Heron, Mark Guthrie, Connor Germain, David Courtney, Brian Lowe, Jim Fitzmaurice and Ken Joynt will fight for the final three of eight spots to make the Daytona 500 field! Good luck!
Daytona Duel #2 Race Results
A full Top-Gear Motorsports front row saw newfound teammates Tim McDonnell and Johnny Reed Foley ready for 60-lap action, hoping to blockade the field all the way through. It would be all for not, as Logan Sheets immediately power-housed himself to the front, leaving a rotisserie of veterans and rookies alike with their share of the lead.
Every lap seemingly had a new leader through the halfway point, proving that John Tharp's Daytona package may be the one to beat next Sunday. Rick Jackson led a whopping 5 laps during the metamorphosis, the most of any driver. Struggling Ryan Heuser finally found some speed this week and topped the leaderboard, leading laps 31 through 38.
An accident entering the pits with fourteen laps to go halted the record-setting progress, averaging 205+ mile per hour race pace before the crash. Michael Henson and Bill Werkheiser made contact while slowing down for their stops, clipping Jonathan Skrabacz. The #48 spun into oncoming traffic, getting hit by Randy Dobbins, Alan Nesfeder, David Butterworth and Mark Heron. All would continue, though Heron would struggle to keep up and lose his Daytona 500 bid.
Jim Fitzmaurice and David Courtney made a ferocious bid to win the event, attempting to make it on 60 laps of fuel and retaining the #1 and #2 positions. Unfortunately, they would run dry, and separate the pack in the process. Johnny Reed Foley, Tim McDonnell and Mark Guthrie found themselves in the lead during the final 10-lap shootout.
Mark Guthrie and Brian Lowe had easily clinched by staying within the lead pack. Logan Sheets, Ken Joynt and Conner Germain battled heavily in the second pack to earn the final spot, with no chance to catch the leaders. Coming to three laps to go, Alex Crapser made a move to the bottom and took the lead away from the Muzzy machine with draft helf from Shootout winner Dave Miller.
Dalton Lucas found his way to second place, blocking the field for his teammate to earn the victory and front-row spot in the 500. Craig Lee passed him with ease, though a pass on the backstretch failed when Johnny Reed Foley lurked to the inside trying to steal second place away. Crapser crossed the line in first, making it a front row of the last three Daytona 500 winners! Congrats to Alex for the victory, and to Mark Guthrie, Brian Lowe and Logan Sheets for clinching the Daytona 500 field!
2022 Daytona Duel #2 Video