Daytona 500 Starting Lineup
February 18, 2011 by staff
Daytona 500 Starting Lineup, NASCAR fans are no doubt preparing for a big weekend as the Daytona 500 2011 race is this Sunday, February 20. The Daytona 500 was announced Holders, Drivers hoping for starting spots in Sunday’s Daytona 500 were run in the Gatorade Duels on Thursday. Title in 2011 Speed Weeks, Kurt Busch has never won a kind of race on a restrictor plate track. He continued to make up for lost time in the first match race of the afternoon on Thursday, claiming his second victory in a week, following his victory in the Budweiser Shootout last Saturday. “This is just an incredible speed Weeks,” said Busch. Also with the victory came Busch pole Thursday for the unofficial Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be recognized officially pole sitter, but it fell back due to a wreck in practice on Wednesday. Consequently, the line inside moves up, move Busch into the position before departure.
Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth made the match that led much of the way in the first game, but lost the lead with a handful of laps to go and ended up finishing third and fourth (Harvick – third and Kenseth – fourth). During their race, Kenseth appeared to understand something that many other competitors had not yet realized – that the car in position by supporting a proposed two cars may, from time to time put down to about half a lane to take the air through the grate to keep temperatures down and negates the need for two cars in that project to change positions from time to time – a move that costs precious time.
Busch attended the victory of Regan Smith, who finished second. Kasey Kahne completed the top five in the first duel. Also in the first duel, JJ Yeley ran his way into the Daytona 500 with a 17th place finish.
Although he did not race until the second duel of the dual action of senior secured Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 a starting spot by virtue of Bill Elliott. Elliott ran his way into the 500 in the first game, so it does not need to enter based on his qualifying speed Sunday qualifying session of the pole. Elliott race his way into Waltrip moved up into a position where his qualifying speed Sunday was enough to make the Daytona 500, no matter how he finished the race second duel.
Despite the guaranteed place, Waltrip posted a strong finish for third place in the race duel second behind Richard Childress Racing teammates, two dual winner Jeff Burton and second place finisher Clint Bowyer.
Both Richard Childress Racing teammates (Burton and Bowyer) worked together throughout the second duel to finish the event in the first and second places.
“Clint and I decided that we would find each other early, and it worked well for us,” said Burton.
Despite the advantage of watching the first game to see what works and what did not, competition wise, the second duel proved to be more chaotic than five warnings hit the second duel, against only two in the first. Some of these warnings in the second duel spelled early trips home for a couple of drivers.
After blowing an engine to bring out the first caution of the second duel in the third round, his second blown engine speed of weeks, Casey Mears said goodbye to a Daytona 500 starting positions. In addition, an accident ended the hopes of Daytona 500 2011 Todd Bodine. Other drivers competing in racing duel on Thursday, which will not be in the Daytona 500 on Sunday include Derrike Cope, Michael McDowell and Kevin Conway.
The history of welfare out of Gatorade Duels on Thursday was the team of brothers Brian and Brad Keselowski in the second duel. His younger brother Brad, who was already guaranteed a spot 500 from 2010 under owner points, spun at the end of the race, put it far enough in the area of the restart. He was at the back where he found his older brother Brian, driving a family business, the entry under-funded. Together the two wrote the forward, and scored a fifth place for Brian – just before the fourth place finisher Kyle Busch – and a seventh place for Brad. With the top five, Brian started in the Daytona 500.
Here’s how the first five rows compare the start of the Daytona 500:
Row: Dale Jr. Eanrhardt Jeff Gordon
Second row: Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton
Third row: Regan Smith, Clint Bowyer
Fourth row: Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip
Fifth row: Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch
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