The field for this Sunday’s Daytona 500 is set with 11 Ford Fusions in the 40 car line-up. The only Ford driver to miss out on this year’s edition of the Great American Race was David Gilliland in the number 35 Fusion. Joey Logano continued to show his dominance with a second place finish in the first Can-Am Duel race; five Ford drivers finished in the top 10 of the opening 60 lap event. Ryan Blaney, in the non-charter Wood Brothers Ford, finished third and will start in the seventh position for the 500. Only three Ford drivers competed in the second Duel race, all finishing out of the top 10.
Of the Ford charter teams, Richard Petty Motorsports caught the worst breaks of the evening; both Petty entries ran in the top 10 for most of the night only to encounter difficulties at the end of each race. In Duel number one rookie Brian Scott spun coming off turn four on the final lap and ended up 20th. In Duel number 2 Aric Almirola ran out of fuel on the final lap and coasted to a 19th place finish. The Petty Fords will start 34th and 35th on Sunday. The most noteworthy incident of the night was a last lap crash in the second Duel race that collected outside pole-sitter Matt Kenseth. Kenseth’s Toyota was badly damaged forcing the team to replace their primary car for the 500. Instead of starting on the front row, Kenseth will be forced to the rear of the field in his backup number 20 Camry.
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