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Tony Stewart was the winner at the dramatic end of the first Thursday's two Gatorade Duel ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr., while Matt Kenseth won the second Duel.
Having lost Saturday's Budweiser Shootout on the last turn of the race, Tony Stewart was in no mood to see history repeat itself in the first Gatorade Duel. He was aided by a slightly early finish to the race as the result of a caution caused by a hard smash for Danica Patrick after the white flag came out.

The more straightforward second Duel saw longtime leader Greg Biffle lose out to a determined late charge from Matt Kenseth who claimed the chequered flag ahead of Regan Smith thanks to a last-lap boost from Jimmie Johnson.

Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon qualified for the Daytona 500 from the first Duel, while Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek were the fastest cars not already locked in to the starting grid to make it through from the second Duel.

Former Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip lost out on his chance to race on Sunday when he spun coming off pit road. David Gilliland, Juan Montoya and Paul Menard were all involved in a lap nine wreck and will have to take to their back-up cars for the Daytona 500 and start from the rear, as will Danica Patrick.

Gatorade Duel 1

1. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 60 laps
2. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 60 laps + 0.403s
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 60 laps + 0.570s
4. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 60 laps + 0.811s
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 60 laps + 0.906s
6. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 60 laps + 1.507s
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 60 laps + 1.642s
8. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 60 laps + 1.837s
9. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 60 laps + 2.029s
10. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 60 laps + 2.303s
11. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 60 laps + 2.358s
12. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 60 laps + 2.369s
13. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 60 laps + 2.908s
14. #34 David Ragan Ford 60 laps + 3.644s
15. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 60 laps + 1:13.690s
16. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 59 laps Accident
17. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 59 laps + 1 lap
18. #140 Michael Waltrip Toyota 51 laps Accident
19. #30 David Stremme Toyota 27 laps Vibration
20. #37 Mike Wallace Ford 23 laps Engine
21. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 12 laps Vibration
22. #38 David Gilliland Ford 8 laps Accident
23. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 8 laps Accident
24. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 8 laps Accident
25. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 3 laps Vibration

Gatorade Duel 2

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 60 laps
2. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 60 laps + 0.209s
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 60 laps + 0.475s
4. #33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 60 laps + 0.531s
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 60 laps + 1.949s
6. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 60 laps + 9.363s
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 60 laps + 9.494s
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 60 laps + 9.623s
9. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 60 laps + 20.532s
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 60 laps + 20.647s
11. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 60 laps + 20.852s
12. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 60 laps + 21.151s
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 60 laps + 30.448s
14. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 59 laps + 1 lap
15. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 59 laps + 1 lap
16. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 59 laps + 1 lap
17. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 59 laps + 1 lap
18. #13 Casey Mears Ford 59 laps + 1 lap
19. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota 58 laps + 2 laps
20. #97 Bill Elliott Toyota 58 laps + 2 laps
21. #109 Kenny Wallace Toyota 57 laps + 3 laps
22. #26 Tony Raines Ford 9 laps Vibration
23. #93 David Reutimann Toyota 6 laps Vibration
24. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 4 laps Engine



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 Carl Edwards leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag to start the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway. [Picture Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR]
 Tony Stewart leads the pack during the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway. [Picture Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, talks to Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota Toyota, on the grid during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(L-R) Team owner Rick Hendrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and crew chief Greg Ives celebrate in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
(L-R) Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and crew chief Greg Ives celebrate in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
(L-R) Amy Reimann celebrates with Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, in victory lane after Earnhardt won the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, wins his second 2015 Texas victory Sunday, November 8, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion delivered another Chevrolet SS milestone with it`s 50th win today at Texas Motor Speedway in 106 starts. Johnson delivered the 6th Gen race car`s first win in it`s 2013 Daytona 500 debut. Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet SS finished in third place and Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS finished in seventh place.  The second round of the Eliminator 8 continues next week at Phoenix International Speedway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, celebrates his second 2015 Texas victory with a burnout Sunday, November 8, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion delivered another Chevrolet SS milestone with it`s 50th win today at Texas Motor Speedway in 106 starts. Johnson delivered the 6th Gen race car`s first win in it`s 2013 Daytona 500 debut. The second round of the Eliminator 8 continues next week at Phoenix International Speedway in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Gregg Ellman/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, races to his second 2015 Texas victory Sunday, November 8, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion delivered another Chevrolet SS milestone with it`s 50th win today at Texas Motor Speedway in 106 starts. Johnson delivered the 6th Gen race car`s first win in it`s 2013 Daytona 500 debut. The second round of the Eliminator 8 continues next week at Phoenix International Speedway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, celebrates his second 2015 Texas victory Sunday, November 8, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion delivered another Chevrolet SS milestone with it`s 50th win today at Texas Motor Speedway in 106 starts. Johnson delivered the 6th Gen race car`s first win in its 2013 Daytona 500 début. The second round of the Eliminator 8 continues next week at Phoenix International Speedway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, leads Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Wurth Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #33 Rheem Chevrolet, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR XFINITY Series O`Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 7, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chris Buescher, driver of the #60 AdvoCare Ford, pits during the NASCAR XFINITY Series O`Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 7, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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vaifan - Unregistered

February 24, 2012 1:01 PM

Marcos Ambrose has had a fast and consistent start to the season .Could be a good season ahead for him. Hardly rates a mention in the stories though.



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