Duel line-ups set after Daytona qualifying

Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will lead away the two Duel races

Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards will lead away the two Duel races

The grid order for Daytona’s Gatorade Duel races have been set following the completion of regular qualifying.

The one-at-a-time qualifying session has locked in only the first two places on the grid, while the remaining starting positions will be determined by a pair of 150 mile races on Thursday, known as the Gatorade Duels.

Pole-sitter Carl Edwards will start the first of the Duel races from pole, with fellow front-row starter and Roush Fenway team-mate Greg Biffle set to lead away the second race.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will race in the first Duel, where he will start on the inside of the second row.

Former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick is also in the first race having qualified 30th. On Sunday, Patrick will become just the third woman in history to start the Daytona 500.

Clint Bowyer will start from last in the second Duel after his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota failed post-qualifying technical inspection.

With 49 cars entered for the 43-car Daytona 500, several drivers will head into the Gatorade Duels needing to race their way in.

Trevor Bayne, Tony Raines and David Stremme have all been guaranteed a start thanks to their qualifying speed, while Terry Labonte is also a certain starter courtesy of the Champion’s Provisional.

The chances of Kenny Wallace, Terry Labonte, Dave Blaney, Michael Waltrip, Joe Nemechek, Michael McDowell, Bill Elliot, Mike Wallace, Robert Richardson Jr, Robby Gordon and JJ Yeley now rest with the result of the Duel races.

See below for the starting order for the two Gatorade Duels

Gatorade Duel 1

pos # Driver Car Sponsor
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost
5 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1
7 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield “Helping Hungry Homes”
8 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Peak / Menards
9 34 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners
10 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil
11 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite
12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser
13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
14 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
15 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats
17 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com
18 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy
19 140 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
21 98 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records
22 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King
23 38 David Gilliland Ford MHP Power Pak Pudding
24 37 Mike Wallace Ford Poynt.com
25 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Mapei / Menards / Speed Energy

Gatorade Duel 2

Pos # Driver Car Sponsor
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
2 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger
4 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
5 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
7 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy
8 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army / Quicken Loans
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance
11 26 Tony Raines Ford Front Row Motorsports
12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Brown
13 109 Kenny Wallace Toyota American Ethanol
14 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
15 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com
16 33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet General Mills / Kroger
17 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com
18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / CSX “Play it Safe”
19 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kroger
20 97 Bill Elliott Toyota AMFMEnergy.com
21 93 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King
22 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota North Texas Pipe
23 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing
24 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy



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