Budweiser Duel’s Sets Daytona 500 Field

Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Budweiser Duel qualifier races were ran on Thursday setting the field for the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

On the first lap of the first Duel, Trevor Bayne pulled past polesitter Danica Patrick. Harvick would pass Trevor Bayne for the lead on lap 37.

Danica Patrick quickly fell out of the lead and after 10 laps was 22nd in the field. Patrick finished 17th in her qualifier and will make her second Daytona 500 start on Sunday.

Carl Edwards running on the inside lane of lap 53 when Denny Hamlin came down hitting Edwards’ car. Bayne was running behind Hamlin and was left with nowhere to go. Regan Smith, was also damaged in the incident. This allowed Harvick to get his first Duel victory.

Kevin Harvick Duel1 Winner

“It’s just like it was 10 years ago. It really is. It’s the same way we used to race with the old style cars, no roof fins, nothing on top of them. It’s the same style race. Handling even is coming into effect as we’ve seen in practice and the race today … Both lines were side-by-side and you were able to kind of feed each line a little bit of air and try to keep ‘em even. That’s the best way to keep ‘em at bay is to keep ‘em side-by-side … I think for us, I want to be in the front and be in control of what’s going on. If we can get to that point and be able to dictate whether you need to block, move up, move down, side draft — you have options as the leader. That’s the position I want to be in.” Harvick said.

Jeff Gordon, had a strong car on Thursday. He led 38 laps in the second Duel before a speeding penalty took him out of contention, he would finish 12th. Kyle Busch capitalized on Gordon’s misfortune to score his second Duel victory.

Kyle Busch Duel2 Winner

“These cars so far have shown it’s a little bit harder to pass the leader, especially if you’re the guy that’s on the topside. We showed it again in the second Duel race. Jeff Gordon chose the top, even though he was supposed to be on the pole, chose the outside lane. Him and I, we got going a little bit better than the inside lane. Kasey kind of moved up then … I went low because I thought he would run low, but he stayed up high to get behind Jeff. I got shuffled out a little bit. It’s all circumstantial. If you can keep the good restrictor-plate guys like Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, if you can keep those guys out of the lead, it might be anybody’s race. But anytime you get a good, smart racer up there like that, it’s going to be hard to beat ’em.” Said Kyle.

DAYTONA 500 STARTING LINEUP
Pos.
No.
Driver
Pos.
No.
Driver
Row 1
1
10
Danica Patrick
2
24
Jeff Gordon
Row 2
3
29
Kevin Harvick
4
18
Kyle Busch
Row 3
5
16
Greg Biffle
6
5
Kasey Kahne
Row 4
7
42
Juan Pablo Montoya
8
33
Austin Dillon
Row 5
9
48
Jimmie Johnson
10
15
Clint Bowyer
Row 6
11
78
Kurt Busch
12
20
Matt Kenseth
Row 7
13
14
Tony Stewart
14
55
Mark Martin
Row 8
15
2
Brad Keselowski
16
27
Paul Menard
Row 9
17
13
Casey Mears
18
31
Jeff Burton
Row 10
19
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20
1
Jamie McMurray
Row 11
21
22
Joey Logano
22
34
David Ragan
Row 12
23
47
Bobby Labonte
24
9
Marcos Ambrose
Row 13
25
38
David Gilliland
26
43
Aric Almirola
Row 14
27
87
Joe Nemechek
28
17
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 15
29
26
Michael Waltrip
30
7
Dave Blaney
Row 16
31
95
Scott Speed
32
35
Josh Wise
Row 17
33
21
Trevor Bayne
34
39
Ryan Newman
Row 18
35
11
Denny Hamlin
36
99
Carl Edwards
Row 19
37
56
Martin Truex Jr.
38
98
Michael McDowell
Row 20
39
32
Terry Labonte
40
51
Regan Smith
Row 21
41
36
JJ Yeley
42
83
David Reutimann
Row 22
43
93
Travis Kvapil


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