Elliott wins Duel 1 from pole position

By NASCAR.com | February 23, 2017

A strong restart with eight laps to go — and a push from fellow Chevrolet driver¬†Jamie McMurray — gave Daytona 500 polesitter Chase Elliott the power he needed to maintain the lead and take the checkered flag in Thursday’s Can-Am Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway.

Elliott, the youngest Daytona 500 polesitter, also became the youngest Duel winner in the race’s history — the previous record holder was Jeff Gordon. Elliott will start on the pole in Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the second straight year.

“We just kind of set out and wanted to race, not ride around,” Elliott said after climbing out of his car in Victory Lane. “I think sometimes you ride around and you don’t know what your car is like and if it’s going to be the way you want it for Sunday. And you can also get yourself in trouble. We took chances and it worked out, so I’m excited for Sunday.”

McMurray gave Chevrolet a 1-2 finish with a runner-up result in his No. 1 Chip Ganassi ride, while Kevin Harvick finished third in the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. BradKeselowski‘s No. 2 Team Penske Ford and Matt Kenseth‘s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota rounded out the top five.

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