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Harvick wins Duel 1; Busch follows suit

February 21, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

The Sprint Unlimited winner takes Duel 1; Kyle Busch takes the second race

Five days after winning The Sprint Unlimited, Kevin Harvick won Thursday’s Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway, putting him on the inside lane -- and perhaps giving him the inside track -- in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
 
Harvick passed leader Trevor Bayne on Lap 37 and led the remaining 23 laps in the first of two 150-mile, 60-lap Duel races that set the order for the Great American Race.


“We didn’t come here to run 10th or 12th, wherever we were running,” said Harvick, who made his move on the inside lane. “We wanted to make something happen."
 
Kyle Busch followed suit, winning Duel 2 after opting for gas only during his one pit stop on Lap 41 and beating the rest of the pack off pit road. Busch, who started fourth in Duel 2, will have the fourth spot on the grid for Sunday’s Daytona 500 due to his finish Thursday.

“That was not our original plan,” Busch revealed after the race. “Our original plan was two tires, but he (Rogers) called it. They were just harping on me to make sure, don’t slide your tires. Because you don’t want to slide a left front (tire) and then have to take four. So, when I came down, I got a good braking mark and I got slowed down and started to slow down nice and smooth and then Marcos (Ambrose) was locked up in front of me sliding all of the tires so I had to go around him.  
“So, I felt like I got a really good pit road entry. I felt like I ran good pit road speed all of the way down pit road and getting into my box was great. The guys just filled the tank for five seconds. It’s all we needed and we ended up back here. We got out front where it mattered most and got teamed up with a couple of Toyota’s which was great."

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Jeff Gordon, who couldn’t improve on his starting position for Sunday’s season-opening race, led for the first 40 laps of Duel 2. He was sent to the back after getting a pass through penalty coming off pit road and was content to cruise for the rest of the race.
 
Gordon will start second Sunday to Danica Patrick, who played it safe Thursday in Duel 1. After posting the top time during qualifying, the only way Patrick would have lost that top spot is if she would have wrecked Thursday.

Patrick led the pack to the green flag in the opener, but ceded the lead to Bayne on the first lap. As Patrick dropped toward the middle of the pack and cars began to go three-wide around her, the driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet moved to the back of the field to stay out of trouble and save her car for the Daytona 500.
 
Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five in Duel 1. Scott Speed finished 15th, the final spot that guaranteed an entry into the Daytona 500.
 
Finishing behind Busch in Duel 2 were Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth, who was in second place entering the final lap. It was an especially strong showing for the 22-year-old Dillon, who is driving the No. 33 Chevrolet. Unofficially, Dave Blaney finished 15th.

“We have a good hot rod,” Dillon said in a TV interview following the race. “This thing is all about being there at the end, go into conservation mode early and get them at the end.”

Both Duels had relatively peaceful racing, with the only caution flag coming on Lap 52 in Duel 1 when Denny Hamlin bumped Carl Edwards, triggering a crash that sent the No. 99 Ford into the wall and also claimed Bayne’s No. 21 Ford. Bayne, who led the majority of the race, will go to a back-up car and start from the rear Sunday.


“I was driving along, minding my own business … then I saw in my mirror, it seemed like Denny got sideways,” Edwards told a TV reporter following the race. “But that’s the fourth time we’ve wreck a car since we’ve been down here.”

Martin Truex Jr., who was in the lead pack for most of the race in Duel 1, dropped to 19th place after being black flagged for losing a side window on the final lap.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race - Duel #1
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Thursday, February 21, 2013

       1. (13) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 60, $57792.
       2. (14) Greg Biffle, Ford, 60, $42789.
       3. (7) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 60, $37789.
       4. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 60, $32789.
       5. (17) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 60, $30789.
       6. (3) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 60, $28389.
       7. (12) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 60, $27289.
       8. (8) Casey Mears, Ford, 60, $26289.
       9. (6) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 60, $26264.
       10. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 60, $26239.
       11. (20) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 60, $26214.
       12. (15) David Gilliland, Ford, 60, $26189.
       13. (22) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 60, $26164.
       14. (16) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 60, $26139.
       15. (18) Scott Speed, Ford, 60, $26114.
       16. (21) David Reutimann, Toyota, 60, $26089.
       17. (1) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 60, $26064.
       18. (19) Regan Smith(i), Chevrolet, 60, $26014.
       19. (10) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 60, $25989.
       20. (4) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 59, $25964.
       21. (23) Brian Keselowski, Toyota, 58, $25914.
       22. (9) Carl Edwards, Ford, Accident, 52, $25889.
       23. (2) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, Accident, 52, $25839.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  177.282 mph.
Time of Race:  00 Hrs, 50 Mins, 46 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.165 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  1 for 3 laps.
Lead Changes:  4 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders:    0; T. Bayne(i) 1-36; K. Harvick 37-40; T. Bayne(i) 41; K. Harvick 42-60.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  T. Bayne(i) 2 times for 37 laps; K. Harvick 2 times for 23 laps.
Top 12 in Points: K. Harvick - 47; G. Biffle - 42; J. Montoya - 41; J. Johnson - 40; K. Busch - 39; T. Stewart - 38; Brad Keselowski - 37; C. Mears - 36; D. Earnhardt Jr. - 35; J. Logano - 34; B. Labonte - 33; D. Gilliland - 32.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race - Duel #2

       1. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 60, $58977.
       2. (3) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 60, $43963.
       3. (8) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 60, $38963.
       4. (9) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 60, $33963.
       5. (5) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 60, $31963.
       6. (14) Mark Martin, Toyota, 60, $29563.
       7. (7) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 60, $28463.
       8. (10) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 60, $27463.
       9. (11) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 60, $27438.
       10. (15) David Ragan, Ford, 60, $27413.
       11. (12) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 60, $27388.
       12. (1) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 60, $27363.
       13. (13) Aric Almirola, Ford, 60, $27338.
       14. (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 59, $27313.
       15. (19) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 59, $27288.
       16. (16) Josh Wise, Ford, 59, $27263.
       17. (21) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 59, $27238.
       18. (18) Terry Labonte, Ford, 59, $27188.
       19. (17) Michael McDowell, Ford, 59, $27163.
       20. (20) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 59, $27138.
       21. (2) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 58, $27088.
       22. (22) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 55, $27063.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  193.966 mph.
Time of Race:  0 Hrs, 46 Mins, 24 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.093 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  0 for 0 laps.
Lead Changes:  6 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   J. Gordon 0; R. Newman 1; J. Gordon 2-39; M. Ambrose 40; Kyle Busch 41-51; C. Bowyer 52; Kyle Busch 53-60.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Gordon 1 time for 38 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 19 laps; C. Bowyer 1 time for 1 lap; R. Newman 1 time for 1 lap; M. Ambrose 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 12 in Points: K. Busch - 47; K. Kahne - 42; C. Bowyer - 41; M. Kenseth - 39; M. Martin - 38; P. Menard - 37; J. Burton - 36; J. Mcmurray - 35; D. Ragan - 34; M. Ambrose - 34; J. Gordon - 34; A. Almirola - 31.

DAYTONA 500 STARTING LINEUP

Pos.
No.
Driver
Pos.
No.
Driver
Row 1
1
10
Danica Patrick
2
24
Jeff Gordon
Row 2
3
29
Kevin Harvick
4
18
Kyle Busch
Row 3
5
16
Greg Biffle
6
5
Kasey Kahne
Row 4
7
42
Juan Pablo Montoya
8
33
Austin Dillon
Row 5
9
48
Jimmie Johnson
10
15
Clint Bowyer
Row 6
11
78
Kurt Busch
12
20
Matt Kenseth
Row 7
13
14
Tony Stewart
14
55
Mark Martin
Row 8
15
2
Brad Keselowski
16
27
Paul Menard
Row 9
17
13
Casey Mears
18
31
Jeff Burton
Row 10
19
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20
1
Jamie McMurray
Row 11
21
22
Joey Logano
22
34
David Ragan
Row 12
23
47
Bobby Labonte
24
9
Marcos Ambrose
Row 13
25
38
David Gilliland
26
43
Aric Almirola
Row 14
27
87
Joe Nemechek
28
17
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 15
29
26
Michael Waltrip
30
7
Dave Blaney
Row 16
31
95
Scott Speed
32
35
Josh Wise
Row 17
33
21
Trevor Bayne
34
39
Ryan Newman
Row 18
35
11
Denny Hamlin
36
99
Carl Edwards
Row 19
37
56
Martin Truex Jr.
38
98
Michael McDowell
Row 20
39
32
Terry Labonte
40
51
Regan Smith
Row 21
41
36
JJ Yeley
42
83
David Reutimann
Row 22
43
93
Travis Kvapil

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