The Pit Stop

February 11, 2010 5:11 PM

Mirror Finishes At Daytona

nascar_daytona_500_auto_racing_dbr109.jpgQualifying for the rest of the positions for the Daytona 500 got set today in the twin Gatorade duals on a clear Thursday Afternoon. Both races finished with two of the closest finishes every at Daytona.

Before the race started though NASCAR came out with a new rule that did not get used to today.  NASCAR in all three series is going to move to three green/white checker chances before they call a race final.

Drivers in the first dual though included Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip, Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, and Denny Hamlin.

It took a couple laps after the green flag dropped and Mark Martin had the lead of the race and it then it started to slowly get to a long single file line of cars. Early cars making a move to the front were A.J. Allmendinger, Jamie McMurray, and Jimmie Johnson.

In the first 15 laps Mark Martin led 13 of them with Ryan Newman leading the other two laps. Dropping back to 17th place though to a car that was not handling great was Bill Elliott.

The first caution of the day finally came out on laps 24 as Jeff Burton blows a tire. During the first round of pit stops Mark Martin won the race off pit road. A.J. Allmendinger though lost a whole bunch of positions due to missing his pit stall.
At lap 30 the green flag dropped and Kyle Busch in second place got the better of the pushes. A couple laps got by and Terry Cook winds up spinning out and taking a wild ride through the grass. Greg Biffle was the leader of the race at the time of caution.

This time only a handful of cars pitted this time for service.
Around 25 laps left and the green flag dropped again with Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle fighting for the lead of the race. Then Jeff Gordon started to fall back in the field as it moved back to a single long line of cars.

With nine laps left Kyle Busch charged he way to the lead of the race. Two more laps go by and it was Michael Waltrip spins out to bring out the caution. Jimmie Johnson and Max Papis are the only two cars to stay out.
Max Papis got a bad restart and started to fall back quickly. As the final lap came out Mark Martin just slows up and gets out of the mess of car. In the final turn Kevin Harvick on the high side got up right along with Jimmie Johnson who was leading the race. Kevin wound up loosing the race to Jimmie by inches.
Jimmie Johnsons stated that the fast cars behind him that was pushing him.
Max Papis said that he digged really hard. He raced his way into the Daytona 500.

Michael McDowell said that he feels like he won the Daytona 500. He was another driver who raced his way into the Daytona 500

The second dual of the day included drivers such as Tony Stewart, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

At the drop of the green flag for this dual Dale Jr. quickly got the lead of race. Lap six saw Juan Pablo Montoya slingshot past Dale Jr. for the lead of the race. Then Dale started to slowly move back through the field.

At lap 15 it was Brad Keselowsi in the lead while Dale Jr. was back trying to get the lead back. Green flag racing continued the first caution came out around lap 26 for a David Gilliland spin. Leaders came in for service with Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch got great stops and wound up at the front of the field.

The race restarted on lap 31 and then Kurt Busch started leading a bunch of laps. With 10 laps left Kurt Busch was still leading the race and Brian Vickers in second. With seven laps left Tony Stewart pushed Brian Vickers to the lead of the race.

One lap later though Brian gets loose and it puts Tony into the lead. With two laps left Kasey Kahne to the lead of the race. On the final lap Juan Pablo Montoya was pushing Tony Stewart into the lead, but Kasey Kahne on the low side held his lead to win by inches.

Mike Bliss and Scott Speed were the two cars racing their way into the Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip was able to get in on his qualifying time

Kasey Kahne stated that his car was not real strong out front.

"That was a lot of fun," said Mike Bliss. "I'm so proud to be here.

Scott speed said that he was tighter than he expected.

Just missing the Daytona 500 this year was Casey Mears. "Real proud of everybody," said Casey.

Other notable drivers not making the Daytona 500 arte Aric Almirola and Reed Sorenson.

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