Rowdy Busch Claims Second Duel
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The new car that has been introduced to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing this season has been with tremendous fanfare but after Kyle Busch’s victory in Thursday’s second Budweiser Duel at Daytona the “Gen 6” may be the “Yawn of a New Era.”
The leader was safe in both races and Busch’s victory in a Toyota was met with a prophetic response by the winner.
“It’s hard to pass the leader,” Busch said. “When you get out front you can run pretty good and nobody can pass you. There wasn’t enough lane-by-lane racing.”
None of Busch’s pursuers could form a draft to get by the leader. Busch’s Toyota defeated Kasey Kahne’s Chevrolet while Richard Childress Racing rookie Austin Dillon was third.
“After that first Duel we weren’t in it so I got a little nervous and rode that top line,” said Dillon, the 22-year-old grandson of team owner Richard Childress. “I couldn’t get enough of a run at Kyle to get by him. We have a good Hot Rod. This thing was all about being there at the end.”
Clint Bowyer’s Toyota was fourth with Matt Kenseth’s Toyota rounding out the top five.
Josh Wise finished 16th to gain the final transfer position into the Sunday’s Daytona 500.
The 2013 Daytona 500 starting lineup is now complete, with only Mike Bliss and Brian Keselowski failing to qualify for the 43-car field.