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Starting line-ups confirmed for Duels

20 February 2012

Daytona 500 pole sitter Carl Edwards will lead the field of the first Gatorade Duel to the green flag shortly after 2pm ET on Thursday afternoon with Dale Earnhardt Jr. alongside him for the start of the 60 lap, 150-mile race.

The second Duel will follow, with Greg Biffle and Casey Mears on the front row. The results of the two Duel races will between them determine the starting grid for Sunday afternoon's Daytona 500 Cup race.

Last weekend's qualifying locked Edwards and Biffle onto the front row for the Great American Race, but the Duels will set the order of the cars from the second row on down.

Qualifying has already guaranteed places in the race for Trevor Bayne, David Stremme, Tony Raines and Terry Labonte. The top two finishes on Thursday among non-guaranteed drivers will also earn a starting spot in Sunday's Daytona 500, with the rest of the field being set by qualifying speed.

Clint Bowyer starts from the back of the field in Duel 2, after his car failed ride height inspection after Sunday's qualifying.

Gatorade Duel 1

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
2. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
4. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford
5. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford
6. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
7. #43 Aric Almirola Ford
8. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
9. #34 David Ragan Ford
10. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
12. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
13. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
14. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet
15. #30 David Stremme Toyota
16. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
17. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet
18. #32 Terry Labonte Ford
19. #140 Michael Waltrip Toyota
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
21. #98 Michael McDowell Ford
22. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota
23. #38 David Gilliland Ford
24. #37 Mike Wallace Ford
25. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge

Gatorade Duel 2

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford
2. #13 Casey Mears Ford
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
4. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
5. #55 Mark Martin Toyota
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
9. #20 Joey Logano Toyota
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
11. #26 Tony Raines Ford
12. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota
13. #109 Kenny Wallace Toyota
14. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
15. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
16. #33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet
17. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet
19. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
20. #97 Bill Elliott Toyota
21. #93 David Reutimann Toyota
22. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota
23. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota
24. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota


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