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Duel wins for Stewart and Kenseth

After all the excitement of the first Duel, the second was a much quieter affair and featured a sum total of zero cautions. Polesitter Greg Biffle was never far from the front, although a pairing of Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson pushed to the lead early on and Biffle also had to contend with a feisty Kyle Busch, but midway through the race Biffle claimed the lead and was able to keep it through a round of pit stops.

Unfortunately for Biffle, who had lost touch with anyone able to give him a push assist, Kenseth and Johnson re-teamed for the last three laps of the race and blasted their way back to the front. Kenseth finally slid underneath Biffle to deny his team mate the victory, despite every defence that Biffle could throw up against it.

"We had a lot of speed in our car," said Kenseth. "When we got out front early I could tell that we had a really fast car ... When I saw him on the outside at the end, I decided that was my best shot for the win."

Biffle's attempts to fend him off were ineffective: "We were going so much faster that we were going to go by him regardless," was Kenseth's opinion of the crucial pass. "The problem was, I was going too fast. Even if I wanted to slow down ... I couldn't have. Jimmie was pushing me so hard and we were locked together. I had no other choice. Wherever [Biffle] went, I was going to go the opposite way."

At least for team owner Jack Roush it was a case of keeping the victory in the family, And remarkably for Roush, it was his first Duel win all his time as a team owner: "Painfully it has been brought to my attention that this is the first duel twin 150's we have won in my 25 years," he conceded at the press conference later. "I am certainly embarrassed about that!"

The second Duel handed Daytona 500 starting grid spots for Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek; JJ Yeley was an early retirement with engine problems, while David Reutimann did a start-and-park for BK Racing and Tony Raines also finished early with a vibration problem, but he was already locked on based on his speed in last weekend's qualifying session. Kurt Busch was hit by a pit lane speeding penalty on lap 42 and finished in 14th position.

The Duels finalise the starting grid for the Daytona 500 race on Sunday afternoon. Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle start on the front row as decided by last weekend's qualifying session, with the two Duel winners Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth starting immediately behind them, and the Duel runners-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Regan Smith on row three.

All the teams will be wary about water temperatures for Sunday's race, with overheating a cause for concern for many even over the mere 60 laps of the Duel events.

Full Duel race results available.

Daytona 500 starting line-up

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford
3. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford
5. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
6. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet
7. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
9. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
10. #33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet
11. #98 Michael McDowell Ford
12. #20 Joey Logano Toyota
13. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
14. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota
15. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge
16. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
17. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
20. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
21. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford
22. #55 Mark Martin Toyota
23. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
24. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
25. #34 David Ragan Ford
26. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
27. #43 Aric Almirola Ford
28. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
29. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet
30. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota
31. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
32. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
33. #38 David Gilliland Ford
34. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
35. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet
36. #13 Casey Mears Ford
37. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
38. #93 David Reutimann Toyota
39. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota
40. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford
41. #26 Tony Raines Ford
42. #30 David Stremme Toyota
43. #32 Terry Labonte Ford




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