The NASCAR Can-Am Duel qualifying races at Daytona as they happened

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, have an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, have an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 18: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, have an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The field has now been set for the 58th running of the Great American Race, the Daytona 500. Four drivers failed to make the field after the two 150 mile races that finalized the starting line up for Sunday’s race and two drivers celebrated in Victory lane Thursday night. Here’s how both the race went down.

Rookie Chase Elliott led the first lap of the first Duel. Elliott blocked Dale Earnhardt on lap two and the two fought for the top spot until lap two when Earnhardt grabbed the lead entering turn 1.  Denny Hamlin and Elliott were side by side for second behind.

There was a three wide battle for second by lap 4 with Brad Keselowski in the mix with Hamlin and Elliott. The lead group behind Earnhardt and second place Hamlin were two by two by lap 6.

Keselowski took second on lap 7; Joey Logano was behind Hamlin in fourth.

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