Chase Elliott wins second duel, will start fourth in Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (41NBC/WMGT) – Two of NASCAR’s young stars won the Can-Am Duel races Thursday night at Daytona to earn second row starting positions for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Ryan Blaney took the checkered flag in the first 60-lap race, edging out Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace Jr. for his first win for Penske Racing.

Blaney and Logano’s Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, a favorite to win the 500 Sunday, crashed out with two laps to go and finished 16th.

Seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson cut a left rear tire on lap eight, spinning and collecting Aric Almirola. Keselowski, Johnson and Almirola will all use backup cars and start at the rear of the field Sunday.

Unadilla’s David Ragan finished seventh.

Another Georgia driver, Chase Elliott of Dawsonville, led 34 of 60 laps in the second race on his way to the win. Kevin Harvick was second. Erik Jones was third.

Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin will start on the front row Sunday after setting the fastest times in the second round of Pole Qualifying last Sunday. The rest of the 40-car field will line up based on their duel race finishing positions, with the race one finishers on the inside row and the race two finishers on the outside row.

The green flag drops Sunday just before 3 p.m.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He hails from "The Great State of Alabama," as he calls it, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn, before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!