The Budweiser Duels were ran for the first time under the lights at Daytona and at the end, the lineup for the Daytona 500 was set. Here is how it all played out.
The first duel race was relatively quite. 60 laps of green flag racing meant no carnage on the track as the 24 cars took the checkered flag.
The No.36 of Reed Sorenson took his car to the garage with issues under the hood. He wouldn’t return to the track and finished last.
Matt Kenseth is your Duel 1 winner with Kevin Harvick coming in a close second in his new No.4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Michael McDowell will be one of the cars going home from the first race.
Another calm race, for Daytona that is, until the white flag.
A pit road penalty and a flat tire would ruin Brad Keselowski’s night after he led the opening laps of the second duel.
Coming to the checkered flag, Jimmie Johnson runs out of gas and pulls his car up the track. Kamie McMurray follows him as Johnson slows down and the “big one” happens. Clint Bowyer goes for a 360 degree flip and lands on his wheels while numerous others are sent spinning through the infield.
Five drivers, including one of the 2014 Rookie of the Year contenders, failed to qualify for the race: No. 35 Eric McClure, No. 83 Ryan Truex, No. 87 Joe Nemechek, No. 93 Morgan Shepherd, No. 95 Michael McDowell
Daytona 500 Starting Grid:
|1||3||Austin Dillon #||DOW Chevrolet|
|2||78||Martin Truex. Jr.||Furniture Row Chevrolet|
|3||20||Matt Kenseth||Dollar General Toyota|
|4||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Express Toyota|
|5||5||Kasey Kahne||Farmers Insurance Chevrolet|
|6||24||Jeff Gordon||Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet|
|7||9||Marcos Ambrose||Stanley Ford|
|8||41||Kurt Busch||Haas Automation Chevrolet|
|9||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||National Guard Chevrolet|
|10||27||Paul Menard||Peak/Menards Chevrolet|
|11||98||Josh Wise||Curb Records Ford|
|12||33||Brian Scott (i)||Whitetail Chevrolet|
|13||43||Aric Almirola||Smithfield Ford|
|14||21||Trevor Bayne (i)||Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford|
|15||47||AJ Allmendinger||Kroger/USO Chevrolet|
|16||42||Kyle Larson #||Target Chevrolet|
|17||38||David Gilliland||Love’s Travel Stops Ford|
|18||40||Landon Cassill (i)||Hillman Racing Chevrolet|
|19||31||Ryan Newman||Caterpillar Chevrolet|
|20||15||Clint Bowyer||5-hour Energy Toyota|
|21||14||Tony Stewart||Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet|
|22||1||Jamie McMurray||McDonald’s Chevrolet|
|23||26||Cole Whitt #||Speed Stick Gear Toyota|
|24||32||Terry Labonte||C&J Energy Services Ford|
|25||16||Greg Biffle||3M Ford|
|26||52||Bobby Labonte||Phoenix Construction Chevrolet|
|27||10||Danica Patrick||GoDaddy Chevrolet|
|28||13||Casey Mears||GEICO Chevrolet|
|29||23||Alex Bowman #||Dr. Pepper Toyota|
|30||99||Carl Edwards||Fastenal Ford|
|31||55||Brian Vickers||Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota|
|32||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe’s Chevrolet|
|33||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite Ford|
|34||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Nationwide Insurance Ford|
|35||22||Joey Logano||Shell Pennzoil Ford|
|36||7||Michael Annett #||Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers Chevrolet|
|37||18||Kyle Busch||M&M’s Toyota|
|38||4||Kevin Harvick||Budweiser Chevrolet|
|39||36||Reed Sorenson||Golden Corral Chevrolet|
|40||51||Justin Allgaier #||Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet|
|41||30||Parker Kligerman #||Swan Energy Toyota|
|42||66||Michael Waltrip||BlueDEF/AAA Toyota|
|43||34||David Ragan||CSX – Play It Safe Ford|