For the first fifty laps, all was quiet on the western front at the Daytona International Speedway for the first of two Budweiser Duel races. Then in a four lap shootout, Kevin Harvick continued his dominance of Daytona Speedweeks by winning the first of the two races today.
The good luck charm of Keelan Harvick drooling has worked in both races for Harvick so far. He has won both races that baby Keelan sat in the front seat of his car before the green flag flew.
Harvick credited precise timing and a very free driving car for his win today. He will start third on Sunday behind pole sitter Danica Patrick.
After fifty-plus quiet laps of single file racing, it got real ugly when Denny Hamlin got loose coming out of turn two collecting Carl Edwards and Trevor Bayne. That would be the fourth car Edwards has wrecked since Speedweeks began. For Bayne, he took most of the damage after leading most of the race early on.
Scott Speed grabbed the final transfer spot finishing fifteenth just above David Reutimann who will have to rely on the second duel results and provisionals to make the race.
It appears Brian Keselowski will be packing his bags and heading home before Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Martin Truex Jr. had finished in the top-5 but his right side window disqualified his finish and put him in the nineteenth position at the end of the day.
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