Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth win Gatorade Duels at Daytona

Posted by imelda sovzky on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Duel 1
                   
Tony Stewart wins first Gatorade Duel
The Gatorade Duel Qualifying race for the Daytona500 had some fireworks. Tony Stewart was victorious in the race followed byDale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Burton, and Carl Edwards. MichaelMcDowell and Robby Gordon earn starting spots in the Daytona 500. 


The first incidentof the day occurred in between turn 1 and 2 when David Gilliland came up acrossthe track after being tapped in the rear left corner by Michael McDowell. WhenGilliland came up across the track he collected Paul Menard and Juan PabloMontoya. Brad Keselowski also had minor damage. Gilliland, Montoya, Menard willhave to start from rear of the Daytona 500 due to having to go to back up cars. 


After a long stretch of a green flag run, we started to see green flag pitstops. When Denny Hamlin and Marcos Ambrose pitted for stops together so theycould have each other to draft with once they got back out onto the track. 
Forthe first time in a few years, the pack overtook the two car tandem and Ambroseand Hamlin both went a lap down. 


After Michael Waltrip took a pit stop he cameback onto the track and with no help at the beginning of the backstretch gotloose and turned up head first into the wall and ruined his chances of racingin this year’s Daytona 500. 


On the final restart with 4 laps to go. TonyStewart and Kevin Harvick were out front. On the final lap on the backstretch,Jamie McMurray got into Aric Almirola which sent Almirola’s car into DanicaPatrick’s car spinning head on into the inside wall on the backstretch causingsome of the barrier to give and her car was totaled. Danica was fine after thewreck. In an interview with SPEED Danica described the wreck; she said it “Happenedreally quick.” At the end of the interview she says (laughing) “maybe theback-up car will be faster.” 


When the caution came out, the race went to yellowand Tony Stewart won. After the race Stewart commented on Michael Waltrip missing the 500, Tony said “MichaelWaltrip eats, sleeps and breathes Daytona and Talladega. It’ll be a shame if hemisses (the 500).”  


Trevor Bayne, who isalready locked into 500, failed to finish in top 2 Go-or-Go homers spots whichmeans in Duel 2 Kenny Wallace will have to race his way into the Daytona 500. Aftera crazy first duel we’ll see what the second one brings.


Duel 1 Results


Duel 2
Matt Kenseth wins Duel 2 at Daytona
Avery cautious and quiet duel 2 ended up with Matt Kenseth winning the race.Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek raced their way into the Daytona 500. Most of therace had little action, teams were very cautious not to wreck their Daytona 500cars. 


Kenny Wallace’s car lost the draft halfway through the race and neverre-grouped and he will miss the Daytona 500. 


The most action occurred at thelast 2 laps. Going to the white flag Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson got a rundrafting each other and when Greg Biffle tried to move up in front of them heslid up the track and Kenseth and Johnson moved lower down the track andcontinued on. At the end of the backstretch on the final lap, Regan Smith andJimmie Johnson made contact which allowed Matt Kenseth to pull ahead and winthe race. 


Finishing 2nd was Regan Smith and 3rd wasJimmie Johnson. The 2nd race had much more of a qualifying race feel toit. Expect the Daytona 500 to be more like the first Gatorade Duel.


Duel 2 Results

Daytona 500 Line up

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Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth win Duel qualifying races at Daytona

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Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth win Duel qualifying races at Daytona
Feb. 23, 2012

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Escaping an attempted block from Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth took the lead on the final lap of the second of two Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying races Thursday at Daytona International Speedway and held off Regan Smith for the win.

Tony Stewart won the first Duel under caution, a half-lap after Danica Patrick took a vicious hit against the inside wall on the backstretch.

In a caution-free race, Kenseth, the 2009 Daytona 500 winner, claimed the first Duel victory ever for Roush Fenway. Smith came home second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler and pole-sitter Greg Biffle.

Stewart's 15th victory at Daytona in NASCAR's top two series combined, including three in Duels, three in the Budweiser Shootout, three in the July Sprint Cup race and and six in the Nationwide Series. Counting two wins in IROC competition, Stewart has 17 stock-car wins at Daytona, second on the all-time list.

Stewart, the reigning Cup champion, will attempt to win the Daytona 500 for the first time on Sunday. Thursday's victory was his first with crew chief Steve Addington, who joined Stewart-Haas Racing during the offseason.

The caution flew after Stewart had led the field to the white flag, with race runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. in hot pursuit. Contact from Aric Almirola's Ford launched Patrick's Chevrolet toward the inside SAFER barrier on the backstretch, and impact with the wall was hard enough to lift all four wheels of Patrick's car off the pavement.

Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek transferred into the Daytona 500 with 12th and 17th-place finishes in the second Duel. Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon finished sixth and ninth, respectively, in the first qualifying race to earn spots in Sunday's 54th running of The Great American Race.

Marcos Ambrose ran third in the first Duel after regaining a lost lap under a late caution, followed by Jeff Burton in fourth with pole-sitter Carl Edwards coming home fifth.

Stewart had led 10 straight laps when Michael Waltrip, returning to the track after pitting for a splash of fuel, shot up the banking and into the Turn 2 wall on Lap 53, simultaneously destroying his No. 40 Toyota and his prospects of racing in his 26th straight Daytona 500.

Stewart will start third in the 500, with Earnhardt set to roll off fifth. Patrick will start from the rear of the field in a backup car. Kenseth earned the fourth starting position on the Daytona 500 grid, with Smith set to take the green flag from the sixth position.
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Matt Kenseth Crosses The Line First In Duel #2

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Matt Kenseth won duel #2 after beating teammate Greg Biffle. Biffle was in the lead when the white flag flew but Kenseth had a run so Biffle tried to block which sent Biffle falling back. The race was somewhat boring in my opinion. But the good thing is that no cars were seriously wrecked. There was a bit of fender bumpin' between Johnson and Smith on the final lap but other than that it was pretty good. Final Laps (Video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyED2MdY1XU

It wasn't good for Kenny Wallace and J.J. Yeley. Yeley had engine problems early on in the race, and around lap 30 Kenny Wallace reported the fuel pressure was low. He spent 3 laps on pit road and wasn't able to recover. Both Kenny and J.J. were looking to race their way into the 500.

Most of the cars all pit on lap 40 to get a quick splash of fuel to continue the race. Many drivers were starting to complain about their engine's but luckily NASCAR allows them to put a new engine in the car after the Duels.

Joe Nemechek and Dave Blaney were the two drivers who raced their way into the 500. Blaney was stripped of his points when his owner sold them to Stewart Haas Racing for Danica Patrick to use to lock her into the Daytona 500.

Results
1. Matt Kenseth
2. Regan Smith
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Elliott Sadler
5. Greg Biffle
6. Joey Logano
7. Kyle Busch
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Ryan Newman
10. Kasey Kahne
11. Mark Martin
12. Dave Blaney
13. Martin Truex Jr.
14. Kurt Busch
15. Clint Bowyer
16. Bobby Labonte
17. Joe Nemechek
18. Casey Mears
19. Robert Richardson Jr.
20. Bill Elliott
21. Kenny Wallace
22. Tony Raines
23. David Reutimann
24. J.J. Yeley
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JET SET RADIO PORTS COMING!!!

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Nice to know that Sega is getting really port-happy these days.  But is this a straight port with a few graphical enhancements (see Crazy Taxi) or will they go the distance with this one?  Most likely the former  

Hey, at least you spoiled little brats on XBL have NO excuse not to know what Jet Set Radio is. 
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Tony Stewart wins first Duel as Danica Patrick crashes on final lap

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Tony Stewart wins first Duel as Danica Patrick crashes on final lap

Feb. 23, 2012

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart won the first of two Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying races under caution Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, a half-lap after Danica Patrick took a vicious hit against the inside wall on the backstretch.

The caution flew after Stewart had led the field to the white flag, with race runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. in hot pursuit. Contact from Aric Almirola's Ford launched Patrick's Chevrolet toward the inside SAFER barrier on the backstretch, and impact with the wall was hard enough to lift all four wheels of Patrick's car off the pavement.

Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon finished sixth and ninth, respectively, to race their way into Sunday's 54th Daytona 500.

Marcos Ambrose ran third after regaining a lost lap under a late caution, followed by Jeff Burton in fourth with pole-sitter Carl Edwards coming home fifth.

Stewart had led 10 straight laps when Michael Waltrip, returning to the track after pitting for a splash of fuel, shot up the banking and into the Turn 2 wall, simultaneously destroying his No. 40 Toyota and his prospects of racing in his 26th straight Daytona 500.

Stewart, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, will start third in the 500, with Earnhardt set to roll off fifth. Patrick will start from the rear of the field in a backup car.
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Tony Stewart Wins Duel #1

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Tony Stewart came across the finish line first at the end of Duel #1. But his teammate Danica Patrick didnt cross the finish line on the final lap. She got hit by Aric Almirola and she hit the inside wall hard. She was alright, released from the infield care center. Danica will have to go to a backup car, she said "maybe the backup is faster". It could easily be true, we have seen many drivers who go to back up cars come back and finish in the top five of a race. video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wtzioHXq8I

Montoya, Menard and Gilliland who were all locked in already crashed on lap #9. They will all be going to backup cars. Gilliland got loose on the bottom of the track and came back up hit Montoya, and Montoya then hit Menard. All three drivers are fine, they were released from the infield care center. Gilliland and his Front Row Motorsports team has 2 back up cars for 3 drivers. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ao1Dk3Pmo

Michael Waltrip will not race in the 500 after he got loose coming back up onto the track from pit road, he got loose while coming back up on the track and hit the outside wall. Michael was also fine physically, but he was very upset saying on his radio that he was sorry. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEVhfbaiGUs

Marcos Ambrose finsihed third in Duel #1 and also finished third in the shootout, I would say he is the darkhorse of the Daytona 500. Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon were the two lucky drivers who raced themselves into the 500 by being the top two drivers in duel #1.

Results
1. Tony Stewart
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3. Marcos Mabrose
4. Michael McDowell
5. Robby Gordon
6. Jeff Burton
7. Carl Edwards
8. A.J. Allmendinger
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Jamie McMurray
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
12. Trevor Bayne
13. Brad Keselowski
14. David Ragan
15. Aric Almirola
16. Danica Patrick
17. Denny Hamlin
18. Michael Waltrip
19. David Stremme
20. Mike Wallace
21. Terry Labonte
22. David Gilliland
23. Juan Montoya
24. Paul Menard
25. Landon Cassill
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STEWART WINS DUEL 1 -JUNIOR 2ND

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart won the first of two Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying races under caution Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, a half-lap after Danica Patrick took a vicious hit against the inside wall on the backstretch.
The caution flew after Stewart had led the field to the white flag, with race runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. in hot pursuit. Contact from Aric Almirola's Ford launched Patrick's Chevrolet toward the inside SAFER barrier on the backstretch, and impact with the wall was hard enough to lift all four wheels of Patrick's car off the pavement.
Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon finished sixth and ninth, respectively, to race their way into Sunday's 54th Daytona 500.
Marcos Ambrose ran third after regaining a lost lap under a late caution, followed by Jeff Burton in fourth with pole-sitter Carl Edwards coming home fifth.
Stewart had led 10 consecutive laps when Michael Waltrip, returning to the track after pitting for a splash of fuel, shot up the banking and into the Turn 2 wall, simultaneously destroying his No. 40 Toyota and his prospects of racing in his 26th consecutive Daytona 500.
Stewart, the defending Sprint Cup champion, will start third in the 500, with Earnhardt set to roll off fifth. Patrick will start from the rear of the field in a backup car.
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