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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]
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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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