NASCAR: Daytona Duels results & comments

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 1
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
6 4 Kevin Harvick 14 6 21 Ryan
Blaney
9
7 5 Kasey Kahne 3 7 44 Reed
Sorenson
20
8 1 Jamie McMurray 5 8 66 Mike
Wallace
23
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
Jr.
8
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
24 83 Johnny
Sauter
6 24 98 Josh Wise 22
25 13 Casey
Mears
16

 

One comment

  1. Can't help feeling sorry for the 98 team but on the other hand why not go out in the last practice and at least check your car out so you know everything work before the race is on. // B.

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