Tony Stewart Wins Duel #1

Posted by imelda sovzky on Thursday, February 23, 2012

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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