Welcome NASCAR race ans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts the season at Daytona International Speedway with the Daytona 500. Qualifying took place on Sunday but only secured the first two spots. 99 Carl Edwards starts from the pole position with 16 Greg Biffle starting second. 21 Trevor Bayne, 26 Tony Raines and 30 David Stremme made the race on speed. The field will be set with the running of the Gatorade Duels.
The first race is led by pole sitter, 99 Carl Edwards, with 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. next to him on the front row. The top two finishers not already locked in will race in the Daytona 500. The first caution comes out on lap nine. 38 David Gilliland gets spun into 27 Paul Menard on the top and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya in the middle. 2 Brad Keselowski has damage. All drivers are locked into the race. When they pit, 9 Marcos Ambrose and 11 Denny Hamlin stay out to lead. 88 had too many crew members over the wall and restarts from the rear. He comes in to top off.
14 Tony Stewart leads as does 11. 11 and 9 will not make it to the end of the race on fuel. 40 Michael Waltrip its or fuel and spins coming back onto the track, bringing out the second caution, with seven laps to go. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. leads them to the pits, 31 Jeff Burton leads them out of the pits. 9 Marcos Ambrose gets back onto the lead lap. 11 is a lap down.
The “young guns” are racing on the outside. 31 pushes 1 Jamie McMurray onto the apron. This spins 43 Aric Almirola and 10 Danica Patrick on the final lap. Patrick hits the inside wall very hard. The first Duel finishes under Yellow, with 14 Tony Stewart winning. 98 Michael McDowell and 7 Robby Gordon were the top finishers and are locked into the Daytona 500. 32 Terry Labonte makes it in with a past champion provisional.
The second Duel is led by 16 Greg Biffle with 13 Casey Mears next to him. 16 leads. 48 Jimmie Johnson pushes 17 Matt Kenseth into the lead. 18 Kyle Busch pushes 20 Joey Logano to the lead. Many cars are overheating. There is a round of Green Flag Pitting. 51 Kurt Busch is too fast and must come back in, going a lap down. 18 is having problems and is falling back.
16 leads. 48 pushes 17 to the front. 16 tries to block by coming in front of them, but they go low to take the lead. 78 Regan Smith and 48 get together. 17 Matt Kenseth wins the second Duel. 36 Dave Blaney and 87 Joe Nemecheck race their way into the Daytona 500.
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