Feb 18 2011

2011 Daytona 500 Qualifying

Its official, after the completion of the two qualifying races today; here is the starting lineup for the 53rd running of the super bowl of racing, the Daytona 500:
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2 24 Jeff Gordon
3 22 Kurt Busch
4 31 Jeff Burton
5 78 Regan Smith
6 33 Clint Bowyer
7 29 Kevin Harvick
8 115 Michael Waltrip
9 17 Matt Kenseth
10 18 Kyle Busch
11 4 Kasey Kahne
12 192 Brian Keselowski
13 42 Juan Montoya
14 1 Jamie McMurray
15 43 A.J. Allmendinger
16 2 Brad Keselowski
17 5 Mark Martin
18 11 Denny Hamlin
19 27 Paul Menard
20 56 Martin Truex Jr.
21 39 Ryan Newman
22 99 Carl Edwards
23 48 Jimmie Johnson
24 00 David Reutimann
25 14 Tony Stewart
26 16 Greg Biffle
27 83 Brian Vickers
28 37 Robert Richardson Jr.
29 09 Bill Elliott
30 7 Robby Gordon
31 47 Bobby Labonte
32 21 Trevor Bayne
33 46 J.J. Yeley
34 6 David Ragan
35 9 Marcos Ambrose
36 77 Steve Wallace
37 71 Andy Lally
38 20 Joey Logano
39 34 David Gilliland
40 38 Travis Kvapil
41 87 Joe Nemechek
42 36 Dave Blaney
43 32 Terry Labonte

Now, Dale Earnhardt will not be starting the Daytona 500 in the first position, he has to go to the back because he wrecked his car and has to use a backup car. Jeff Gordon MAY have to go to the back as well if they can’t get the damage fixed from his wreck/incident in the second Gatorade duel today. Speaking of the duels here is how they finished in the first duel:
1 – 22 Kurt Busch
2 – 78 Regan Smith
3 – 29 Kevin Harvick
4 – 17 Matt Kenseth
5 – 4 Kasey Kahne
6 – 42 Juan Montoya
7 – 43 A.J. Allmendinger
8 – 5 Mark Martin
9 – 27 Paul Menard
10 – 39 Ryan Newman
11 – 48 Jimmie Johnson
12 – 14 Tony Stewart
13 – 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
14 – 83 Brian Vickers
15 – 09 Bill Elliott
16 – 47 Bobby Labonte
17 – 46 J.J. Yeley
18 – 97 Kevin Conway
19 – 87 Joe Nemechek
20 – 36 Dave Blaney
21 – 9 Marcos Ambrose
22 – 71 Andy Lally
23 – 66 Michael McDowell
24 – 34 David Gilliland

And here is how they finished in the second duel:
1 – 31 Jeff Burton
2 – 33 Clint Bowyer
3 – 115 Michael Waltrip
4 – 18 Kyle Busch
5 – 192 Brian Keselowski
6 – 1 Jamie McMurray
7 – 2 Brad Keselowski
8 – 11 Denny Hamlin
9 – 56 Martin Truex Jr.
10 – 99 Carl Edwards
11 – 00 David Reutimann
12 – 24 Jeff Gordon
13 – 38 Travis Kvapil
14 – 64 Derrike Cope
15 – 16 Greg Biffle
16 – 37 Robert Richardson Jr.
17 – 7 Robby Gordon
18 – 32 Terry Labonte
19 – 21 Trevor Bayne
20 – 6 David Ragan
21 – 60 Todd Bodine
22 – 77 Steve Wallace
23 – 20 Joey Logano
24 – 13 Casey Mears

It was interesting watching one of the new young punks, Trevor Bayne, pushing one of the original young punks, Jeff Gordon, around the track tonight(I had to watch the replay), a perfect combo for them both, Jeff can pick the line and Trevor gets to learn some great stuff following Jeff around the track. Should be an interesting race on Sunday, not sure how I feel about the two car draft that they are using right now, we’ll see how it works out in the big race.

1 Comment

  • By Brian, February 21, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    That had to be one of the most boring races I have ever seen. The two car drafting until end of race was useless. Fans could show up late to the race (15 mins before end) and still have had the same time. Nascar needs to review this type of racing if they want to keep the Fans coming to super speedways.

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