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Friday 20th February, 2015 - 4:08pm

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the first Daytona Duel

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the first Daytona Duel

Hendrick Motorsports team-mates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson have won the Daytona Duels; the qualifying races for this weekend’s Daytona 500.

After Jeff Gordon and Johnson scored the front-row from qualifying earlier in the week, the rest of the field was set in two separate 150 mile (60 lap) races.

The final order was locked in on a combination of the Duel race results, owners points, previous champions provisional and qualifying speeds.

While owners points made an easy ride for the majority of the stars, there was a group of well known drivers that had either changed teams in the off-season, such as Carl Edwards, or in the case of Danica Patrick, had not scored enough points in 2014 to automatically qualify.

Patrick nearly missed the Daytona 500 after a late wreck with Denny Hamlin. However, she rallied during a green-white-chequered finish from 18th to 10th to make the field for Sunday’s race.

After also crashing in practice after contact from Hamlin, Patrick vented her anger on the pitlane in front of reporters and camera crews.

Hamlin, with his right-arm around Patrick’s shoulders, defended his on-track moves by telling his rival that her car is simply set-up too loose to handle the close-quarter drafting.

“Nobody has your back like I have, but I can’t give you an extra two feet because it’s you,” he told Patrick.

“It’s not my problem if you’re loose… nobody else is getting close to you. To get you going forward I have to get close to you.”

“I get being close,” Patrick told the media afterward, “but he’s then going to my left-rear and it just gets it light and it spun around.

“I like to race hard but there’s no point being out there wrecking each other. I just wanted to let him know I was disappointed.”

A two-time winner of the Daytona 500, Earnhardt Jr. won a Daytona Duel race for the fourth time in his career.

Earnhardt Jr. started the race from the back of the field after his car failed post-qualifying inspection on Sunday.

For Johnson, it was his second career win the a Daytona Duel race. Johnson already had a front row starting spot locked up based on his qualifying effort on Sunday.

A number of wrecks in each Duel added to the tension for those trying to make Sunday’s field.

Alex Bowman, Jeb Burton, Ron Hornaday Jr., Justin Marks, Brian Scott and Josh Wise were those to miss out on an entry into The Great American Race.

STARTING LINE-UP: Daytona 500

Row Inside Outside Explained
1 Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Top two qualifiers (Final round of Coors Light Pole Qualifying)
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kyle Busch Top 15 from Duel races (Inside: First race; Outside: Second race)
3 Joey Logano Carl Edwards Top 15 from Duel races
4 Tony Stewart Greg Biffle Top 15 from Duel races
5 Clint Bowyer Martin Truex Jr. Top 15 from Duel races
6 Kevin Harvick Ryan Blaney Top 15 from Duel races
7 Kasey Kahne Reed Sorenson Top 15 from Duel races
8 Jamie McMurray Mike Wallace Top 15 from Duel races
9 Landon Cassill Justin Allgaier Top 15 from Duel races
10 Cole Whitt Danica Patrick Top 15 from Duel races
11 Paul Menard Ryan Newman Top 15 from Duel races
12 Michael McDowell Kurt Busch Top 15 from Duel races
13 JJ Yeley David Gilliland Top 15 from Duel races
14 Michael Annett David Ragan Top 15 from Duel races
15 Kyle Larson Austin Dillon Top 15 from Duel races
16 Ty Dillon Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Top 15 from Duel races
17 Aric Almirola Michael Waltrip Four fastest qualifiers from any round
18 Matt Kenseth Johnny Sauter Four fastest qualifiers from any round
19 Denny Hamlin Brad Keselowski 2014 owner points
20 Trevor Bayne AJ Allmendinger 2014 owner points
21 Sam Hornish Jr. Casey Mears 2014 owner points
22 Bobby Labonte Past champion

 

RESULTS: Duel 1

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS 
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 25 60 21 Running
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 1 60 5 Running
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 10 60 0 Running
4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 15 60 0 Running
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 20 60 0 Running
6 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 14 60 0 Running
7 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 3 60 0 Running
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 5 60 1 Running
9 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 23 60 0 Running
10 35 Cole Whitt Ford 22 60 0 Running
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 12 60 0 Running
12 95 Michael McDowell Ford 19 60 0 Running
13 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 11 60 0 Running
14 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 17 60 0 Running
15 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 18 60 0 Running
16 33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 4 60 0 Running
17 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 2 60 32 Running
18 29 Justin Marks Toyota 21 60 0 Running
19 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 9 60 0 Running
20 43 Aric Almirola Ford 8 60 0 Running
21 30 Ron Hornaday Jr Chevrolet 24 60 0 Running
22 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 7 60 1 Running
23 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 13 27 0 Accident
24 83 Johnny Sauter Toyota 6 27 0 Accident
25 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 16 17 0 Engine

 

RESULTS: Duel 2

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 1 64 40 Running
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 2 64 21 Running
3 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 3 64 1 Running
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 6 64 0 Running
5 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 5 64 1 Running
6 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 9 64 0 Running
7 44 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 20 64 0 Running
8 66 Mike Wallace Toyota 23 64 0 Running
9 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 17 64 0 Running
10 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 15 64 0 Running
11 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 13 64 0 Running
12 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 14 64 0 Running
13 38 David Gilliland Ford 18 64 0 Running
14 34 David Ragan Ford 21 64 0 Running
15 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 4 64 1 Running
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 8 64 0 Running
17 62 Brian Scott Chevrolet 16 64 0 Running
18 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 24 64 0 Running
19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 10 64 0 Running
20 32 Bobby Labonte Ford 11 60 0 Accident
21 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 7 36 0 Accident
22 26 Jeb Burton Toyota 19 36 0 Accident
23 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 12 36 0 Accident
24 98 Josh Wise Ford 22 1 0 Electrical

 

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