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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]
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 TaxAct Chevrolet SS, finishes in 7th place Sunday, March 29, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ortho Ford, Trevor Bayne, driver of the #6 AdvoCare Ford, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, is involved in an on-track incident in front of Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, as Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Hormel/Menards Toyota, drives away during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, and Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Hormel/Menards Toyota, race into turn one during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
A view of a decal placed on the #14 Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, driven by Tony Stewart (not pictured), during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano (left), driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert after winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Joey Logano (left), driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert after winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2015 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brian Vickers, driver of the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, answers questions from media during a press conference before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2015 in Fontana, California. Vickers was forced to withdraw from competition due to blood clots. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2015 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Sport Clips Toyota, leads Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2015 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 FVP/Menards Chevrolet SS finishes in fourth place and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS finishes in fourteenth place Sunday, March 22, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, climbs into his car prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Comcast Business Toyota, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #33 Rheem Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #33 Rheem Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (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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