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Live updates from the Gatorade Duels in Daytona

By admin | February 23, 2012

By Richard Allen

 

On this page I plan to offer live updates of the racing action as well as commentary and the best scanner chatter from both of the Gatorade Duels qualifying races held on Thursday afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. Hopefully this page will provide all the information you may need if you’re unable to watch or if you miss something along the way.

So, check back and refresh the page often to keep track of all the action.

Gatorade Duel #1

 

Start time for this race: Just after 2:00pm(eastern).

Television coverage: Speed TVRadio coverage: MRN Network and Sirius XM

Race length: 150 miles(60 laps) Starting Lineup: Look for the Gatorade Duel #1 stating lineup link on the left side of the pageCarl Edwards will start from the pole in this race and he is locked into that position for Sunday’s Daytona 500, provided he does not have to go to a backup car between now and then. Those finishing in the top-15 from this race will be slotted into the odd numbered places on the starting grid in positions 3-30 for the race on Sunday.

Because of the top-35 points rule from last year as well as those cars guaranteed into the Daytona 500 because of their qualifying speeds during time-trials, there are only two spots in the big race to be filled from Duel #1.

Although defending race champion Trevor Bayne and David Stremme did not finish in the top-35 last year they will start the Daytona 500 by virtue of their speeds from qualifying. The drivers competing for those two available positions in this race are: Terry Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Michael McDowell and Mike Wallace.

Terry Labonte has the option of getting into the race via a past champions provisional should he not finish high enough in the Duel to get in otherwise.

Live updates

 

*Warning- Due to the fact that scanner chatter will also be included as part of these updates, there could be some language deemed inappropriate by some.

Engines have fired! Racing will begin soon!

Green flag is out!

Stewart leading early. For the most part the racing is in big packs. Only a couple of 2×2 tandems.

Lap 9 Caution for wreck involving Montoya, Gilliland and Menard. They are all out of the race.

Running order after lap 10 pit stops is Ambrose, Hamlin, Stremme, Junior, Almirola, Stewart, McMurray, McDowell, Stenhouse, Bayne.

“The 21 was shoving the 98(McDowell) and the 98 had no where to go,” says 42 spotter of the accident.

Lap 21 running order is 11, 14, 29,22,6, 1 ,10, 98

Halfway running order is 11, 14, 29, 6, 43, 98, 9, 22, 31, 21, 1, 10, 40, 88, 99, 2, 7, 34With 11 to go Michael Waltrip and Michael McDowell have the two transfer spots.

Michael Waltrip just crashed coming off of pit road. He’s out of the race.

Running order with restart at 5 to go is 14, 29, 99, 31, 88, 43, 1, 22, 2, 6, 10, 21, 98, 7, 9, 11

Hard crash for Danica on the last lap after she and Almirola had contact on back stretch.

14 wins Duel 1 then 88 9 98, 7, 31 99 22 29 &1; 21 6 2 34 43 10 &11: 98 & 7 race into the race, 21 in by speed

Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon were the two drivers to transfer into the Daytona 500 from race 1.

  

Gatorade Duel #2

 

Start time for this race: Immediately after Duel #1.

Television coverage: Speed TVRadio coverage: MRN Network and Sirius XM

Race length: 150 miles(60 laps)Starting Lineup: Look for the Gatorade Duel #2 stating lineup link on the left side of the page

 

 

Greg Biffle will start from the pole in this race and he is locked into the outside front row starting spot for Sunday’s Daytona 500, provided he does not have to go to a backup car between now and then. Those finishing in the top-15 from this race will be slotted into the even numbered places on the starting grid in positions 3-30 for the race on Sunday.

Because of the top-35 points rule from last year as well as those cars guaranteed into the Daytona 500 because of their qualifying speeds during time-trials, there are only two spots in the big race to be filled from Duel #2.

Although Tony Raines did not finish in the top-35 last year he will start the Daytona 500 by virtue of his speed from qualifying. The drivers competing for those two available positions in this race are: Kenny Wallace, Dave Blaney, Joe Nemechek, Bill Elliott, Robert Richardson, Jr. and J.J. Yeley.

Bill Elliott has the option of getting into the race via a past champions provisional should he not finish high enough in the Duel and Terry Labonte does not need to use the provisional.

Live updates

 

Running updates and commentary will be provided in this section once the race begins. *Warning- Due to the fact that scanner chatter will also be included as part of these updates, there could be some language deemed inappropriate by some.

Kasey Kahne will have to start from the rear in this race after going to a backup car following a pactice incident on Wednesday.

Clint Bowyer was forced to start from the rear of this race after his car failed to pass a post-qualifying inspection.

Engines have fired for Duel 2!

No cautions so far. Running order after 10 laps is 17, 48, 16, 56, 20, 18, 13, 36, 24, 33, 39, 78, 55, 51, 87, 09, 5

Still no cautions. Running order at lap 24 is 18, 48, 20, 16, 17, 56, 55, 78, 36, 33, 24, 5, 39, 87, 09, 51

Halfway running order is 16, 48, 78, 33, 5, 39, 51, 36, 24, 18, 20, 17, 55, 87, 56

Five to go running order is 16, 78, 48, 17, 33, 20, 18, 24,

Caution free finish was 17, 78, 48, 33, 16, 20, 18, 24.

Nemechek and Blaney transfer.

Lot of overheating in that race.

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One Response to “Live updates from the Gatorade Duels in Daytona”

  1. speedy84 Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks