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Lap-by-Lap: Gatorade Duel 2

February 23, 2012, , NASCAR.com

Lap 60 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Matt Kenseth slides under teammate Greg Biffle for the lead as Biffle tries to block. There's a huge scramble going into Turn 3, but everybody keeps going. Jack Roush gets his first qualifier win, but it's not Biffle. Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek get the transfer spots.

Lap 58 -- Matt Kenseth has help from Jimmie Johnson on the outside. They're making huge progress.

Lap 56 -- Nope. Nobody's making a move yet.

Lap 55 -- Single file at the front. Who's going to make the first move?

Lap 53 -- Team owner Jack Roush has never won a Daytona qualifier. Really? Greg Biffle's at the front right now.

Lap 52 -- Jimmie Johnson goes up the track in fourth place, but maintains control.

Lap 51 -- What year was it that Regan Smith ... and then Tony Stewart ... won at Tallladega? It's deja vu all over again!

Lap 50 -- Ten laps to go. Greg Biffle is second, with Regan Smith, Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler and Matt Kenseth in third through fifth.

Lap 47 -- Joey Logano, running sixth, has moved a car length or two ahead of teammate Kyle Busch.

Lap 46 -- Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are drafting, and Busch is not happy with his car. It might have an engine problem.

Lap 44 -- After the cycle of green-flag stops, Greg Biffle is the leader. Regan Smith is second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler and Matt Kenseth.

Lap 43 -- Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith get their cars serviced.

Lap 42 -- Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch are taking tires and fuel. Kurt Busch will receive a pass-through penalty.

Lap 41 -- Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr. and others roll down pit road.

Lap 40 -- Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek and a few others back in the pack are pitting.

Lap 38 -- Kenny Wallace is dropping onto pit road. He had been warned by NASCAR to maintain a safe speed. His team goes into the trunk, trying to figure out a fuel-pressure problem.

Lap 37 -- Regan Smith, still in third place, has some sort of vibration.

Lap 36 -- Leader Greg Biffle is reporting debris in Turn 2, but officials don't see it.

Lap 34 -- According to timing and scoring, the top speed in this race is an astounding 206.04 mph by Kurt Busch.

Lap 33 -- Regan Smith has picked his way up to third place, and Elliott Sadler is fourth. Score one for the underdogs!

Lap 31 -- Kenny Wallace, struggling to make the field for the Daytona 500, has an engine that appears to be bogging down.

Lap 30 -- The race has reached the halfway point. So far, so good -- there have been no cautions.

Lap 29 -- Greg Biffle has taken over the lead, with the outside line dropping back.

Lap 27 -- Throw a blanket over most of the field. They're two by two for several rows back. Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch are the leaders.

Lap 26 -- Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch are side by side for the lead coming off Turn 4.

Lap 24 -- Matt Kenseth couldn't hang on to teammate Greg Biffle's draft, and he's dropped to ninth. Kenseth is having trouble with his car overheating.

Lap 23 -- Hold on there, Dave. Dave Blaney has slipped to ninth place. Move Greg Biffle to the front of the pack.

Lap 21 -- The top-five are currently Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Dave Blaney. Dave Blaney? Yep. Go get 'em, Dave!

Lap 18 -- Kyle Busch scoots into the lead, but his teammate Joey Logano can't follow.

Lap 17 -- Matt Kenseth takes a look to the outside in Turn 4, but second-place Kyle Busch slams the door on him.

Lap 16 -- Elliott Sadler nearly loses control between Turns 1 and 2, but he keeps going without incident.

Lap 14 -- Tony Raines has gone to the garage. Joey Logano and Kyle Busch roar to the top of the leaderboard.

Lap 12 -- The top-10 cars are separated by less than half a second.

Lap 8 -- J.J. Yeley and David Reutimann have gone to the garage.

Lap 7 -- Fourth-place Martin Truex Jr. and fifth-place Joey Logano are the first cars side by side.

Lap 5 -- Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are now first and second, with Greg Biffle third. J.J. Yeley is off the pace.

Lap 4 -- Jimmie Johnson is pushing Matt Kenseth on the outside line, and Kenseth takes the lead at the stripe.

Lap 3 -- Matt Kenseth makes a move to the outside in fourth place, but he's not making a lot of progress ... yet.

Lap 2 -- Greg Biffle is in the lead, but it's two- and three-wide behind him.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets going at 4:08 p.m. ET. Greg Biffle and Casey Mears lead the charge into Turn 1. The two lanes remain side by side until Turn 3, when Biffle clears.

4:07 p.m. ET -- Also going to the rear of the field are Clint Bowyer (qualifying time disallowed) and Bill Elliott (engine).

4:04 p.m. ET -- At the stripe, it'll be one lap to go until the green flag. The field is in Turns 3 and 4.

3:59 p.m. ET -- The tower has given the pace car clearance to begin easing the field off pit road.

3:56 p.m. ET -- Steve Kravitz has given the command to fire engines.

3:49 p.m. ET -- The command to fire engines is about seven minutes away.

3:48 p.m. ET -- The clouds that hung over the track earlier this morning are gone. It's a beautiful day at the track.

3:35 p.m. ET -- The second Duel should be starting in about 22 minutes.

12:02 p.m. ET -- Kasey Kahne, who was slated to start 10th in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, will have to from the rear of the field in a backup car after an accident coming off Turn 4 yesterday in practice.

Pre-Race: Greg Biffle, who qualified second for the Daytona 500, will start first in the second 150-mile qualifying race. Casey Mears, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin roll off second through fifth. Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne are sixth through tenth.