So, yesterday, the two Daytona Duels (Budweiser Duels) set the starting field for Sunday’s Daytona 500 race.
Duel 1 (60 laps)
In the first Duel, #88 Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag – even though he started from last position (due to failure at technical inspection earlier). He also lead 21 laps, that’s impressing. #24 Gordon, starting as no.1 was the runner up. #13 Mears suffered a engine failure at lap 17. #47 Allmendinger and #83 Sauter had a incident with each other at lap 27.
I am impressed over #40 Cassill result. The fact that he only had the 22nd best time at Duel Practice 1 and a “no-show” in Duel Practice 2, starting 23rd and ended up at 9th place with that kind of pressure – is first class driving. Also, good job by #35 Whitt (starting 22) and #46 Annett (starting 17) that both hade slow practice runs before.
Duel 2 (64 laps)
In the second Duel, #48 Johnson impressed with taking the checkered flag from the pole. He also led 40 laps of the total 64 (green-white-checkered). #18 K.Busch was the runner up from the same starting position. #19 Edwards took the third place after starting third. #26 Burton, #7 Bowman was involved in wrecks and only completed 36 laps. #98 Wise’s Ford stalled on the pace laps and only completed 1 lap later. There were also an argument between #11 Hamlin and #10 Patrick (again) over “how racing should be at the track”.
In this Duel, I’m impressed over #66 Wallace (starting 23) and #44 Sorenson (starting 20) – both with no Duel practice at all. (JS)
Results Daytona Duel 1 & 2
|Daytona Duels 2|
|Pos||CAR #||Driver||Started||Pos||CAR #||Driver||Started|
|1||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||25||1||48||Jimmie Johnson||1|
|2||24||Jeff Gordon||1||2||18||Kyle Busch||2|
|3||22||Joey Logano||10||3||19||Carl Edwards||3|
|4||14||Tony Stewart||15||4||16||Greg Biffle||6|
|5||15||Clint Bowyer||20||5||78||Martin Truex Jr.||5|
|9||40||Landon Cassill||23||9||51||Justin Alllgaier||17|
|10||35||Cole Whitt||22||10||10||Danica Patrick||15|
|11||27||Paul Menard||12||11||31||Ryan Newman||13|
|12||95||Michael McDowell||19||12||41||Kurt Busch||14|
|13||23||J.J. Yeley||11||13||38||David Gilliland||18|
|14||46||Michael Annett||17||14||34||David Ragan||21|
|15||42||Kyle Larson||18||15||3||Austin Dillon||4|
|16||33||Ty Dillon||4||16||17||Ricky Stenhouse
|17||20||Matt Kenseth||2||17||62||Brian Scott||16|
|18||29||Justin Marks||21||18||11||Denny Hamlin||24|
|19||2||Brad Keselowski||9||19||55||Michael Waltrip||10|
|20||43||Aric Almirola||8||20||32||Bobby Labonte||11|
|21||30||Ron Hornaday Jr.||24||21||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||7|
|22||6||Trevor Bayne||7||22||26||Jeb Burton||19|
|23||47||AJ Allmendinger||13||23||7||Alex Bowman||12|