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Kevin Harvick wins first Duel qualifier

Kevin Harvick claimed his second success of the week, a win in the first Thursday Duel to put him on the second row of the Daytona 500 grid.
Ricard Childress Racing's Kevin Harvick continues to enjoy a great start to 2013, a win in the first Budweiser Duel race on Thursday afternoon adding to his success in last weekend's Daytona Unlimited exhibition event. It means that Harvick will start the Daytona 500 from third place, with Greg Biffle - also the runner-up in the Unlimited - set to start right behind him in fifth.

2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne had led for over half of the race, heading a total of 37 of the 60 laps before pitting and handing the lead to Harvick. Bayne was later eliminated from the Duel after getting caught up in an accident on lap 52 triggered by Denny Hamlin getting loose and sliding sideways into Carl Edwards, with Regan Smith also ending up with damage.

The field for Duel 1 was comprised of those cars that finished in odd-numbered positions in Sunday's formal qualifying speed trials. The order in which they finish the Duel sets the order in which they start on the inside line behind pole position holder Danica Patrick, with adjustments for any cars locked in by owner points or champion provisionals.

Patrick started up front for the Duel but quickly fell back through the field, with a malfunction of her tachometer causing the team consternation. However, she avoided any accidents that could have seen her sent to the back of the grid for Sunday's race. Juan Montoya and Dale Earnhardt Jr. both had to overcome such handicaps in the Duel after blowing engines in earlier practice sessions: Montoya still powered back to third place and Earnhardt finished in tenth.

Duel 1 results

1. #29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing 60 laps 54mins 10secs
2. #16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing 60 laps + 0.165s
3. #42 Juan Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing 60 laps + 0.354s
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 60 laps + 0.379s
5. #78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing 60 laps + 0.446s
6. #14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing 60 laps + 0.535s
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing 60 laps + 0.593s
8. #13 Casey Mears Germain Racing 60 laps + 0.622s
9. #88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports 60 laps + 0.678s
10. #22 Joey Logano Penske Racing 60 laps + 0.730s
11. #47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing 60 laps + 0.738s
12. #38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports 60 laps + 0.811s
13. #87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports 60 laps + 0.829s
14. #26 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing 60 laps + 0.854s
15. #95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing 60 laps + 0.944s
16. #83 David Reutimann BK Racing 60 laps + 0.961s
17. #10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing 60 laps + 6.294s
18. #51 Regan Smith Finch Racing 60 laps + 31.440s
19. #56 Martin Truex, Jr Michael Waltrip Racing 60 laps + 1 lap *
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 59 laps + 1 Lap
21. #52 Brian Keselowski Brian Keselowski Racing 58 laps + 2 Laps
22. #99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing 52 laps + 8 Laps
23. #21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing 52 laps + 8 Laps

* - black-flagged after side window became detached



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