RFK Eases Through Thursday Night Duels, Starting Lineups Set for Daytona 500

RFK Eases Through Thursday Night Duels, Starting Lineups Set for Daytona 500

RFK Eases Through Thursday Night Duels, Starting Lineups Set for Daytona 500
Chris Buescher Earns P10 Finish in Duel 1; Brad Keselowski Finishes P7, David Ragan P15 in Duel 2

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2024) – Starting lineups for Sunday’s Daytona 500 are set following racing action in the Duels Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway. Chris Buescher finished 10th in an uneventful opening Duel, while Brad Keselowski earned a seventh-place finish in Duel 2, with David Ragan finishing 15th.

The opening 60-lap race saw just one break in the action – a four-car incident at lap 62 – in an otherwise calm drafting session. Buescher ran eighth at the time of that caution, and went on to cross the stripe 10th in the Fastenal Ford.

“More friends would have definitely helped,” Buescher said after Duel 1. “That made it a little tough trying to make it through all the cars hitting pit road. We just really got jacked up, but I thought all of our cars worked well together when we could get them lined up and really start rolling. I was able to push the 22 really well there, but there was nowhere to go with all of the cars up front not being able to get it done. We definitely needed some more friends.”

The second Duel proved to be more action-filled, with an 11-car incident unfolding with just 11 laps remaining in the nightcap. Keselowski did sustain damage on the No. 6 Castrol Edge Ford, but ultimately drove to a seventh-place result. Ragan – piloting the No. 60 BuildSubmarines.com Ford – skirted through the incident unscathed to finish 15th.

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The starting lineup is set for Sunday’s Daytona 500, despite a handful of cars in the field who have switched to backup cars. Keselowski will be 16th on the starting grid for Sunday, with Buescher 19th and Ragan 40th.

About RFK Racing 
RFK Racing, entering its 37th season in 2024, features an ownership lineup pairing one of the sport’s most iconic names, Jack Roush, along with NASCAR Champion, Brad Keselowski, and Fenway Sports Group owner John Henry. Roush initially founded the team in 1988 and it has since become one of the most successful racing operations in the world, propelling him to be the first NASCAR owner to amass three hundred wins and capturing eight championships, including back-to-back NASCAR Cup titles in 2003 and 2004. Keselowski, a former owner in the NASCAR Truck Series, is the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series Champion. In 2007, Roush partnered with Henry, who also owns Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C., and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, to form Roush Fenway Racing. Off the track, RFK is a leader and proven winner in NASCAR marketing solutions, having produced multiple award-winning social media, digital content and experiential marketing campaigns. Visit
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