Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:05 pm
In just her 26th NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Danica Patrick takes the pole for the Nationwide race this Sauturday at Daytona International Speedway. She is the 11th driver in NASCAR Nationwide Sereies History to get their first career pole at Daytona. Danica also becomes the second women to ever win a pole in the Nationwide Series with Shawna Robinson being the first with her pole at Atlanta in March of 1994. Danica will lead the field to the green Saturday with Trevor Bayne along side in the #60 Ford Mustang for Roudh Fenway Racing. Trevor was .007 thousanths off of the Go-Daddy.com Chevy's lap of 49.250 and a average speed of 182.741mph. Elliott Sadler was 3rd, Dale Earnhardt Jr 4th and rookie Austin Dillon was 5th. The winner of the last four races here and 6 of the last 7 Tony Stewart will roll off the grid in the 7th position on row 4. The drivers that mssed the race were Erick Darnell, Chase Miller, Scott Speed, former Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope, Mike Harmon, Donnie Neunberger & Morgan Shepherd. Jeff Green is in the race using his past champions provisional.
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:39 pm
The dust has settled on the 2012 Gatorade Duels at Daytona and the field is set for the 500. Tony Stewart held off a hard charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Duel #1 while Matt Kenseth blew by teammate Greg Biffle to steal the win in Duel #2.
Micahel Waltrip made a very costly rookie mistake in the first Duel crashing himself after a green flag pit stop. He had two tires on the banking and two on the apron sending him sideways and into the backstretch wall. A rookie mistake by the two time Daytona 500 champion.
Kenny Wallace had fuel pressure problems in the second Duel regulating him to a 21st place finish which wasn't enough to make the race. Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek took the two transfer spots in Duel #2. Terry Labonte took the past champions provisional.
Vicious Wrecks in Duel #1:
While Jr. tried to chase down Stewart with half a lap to go, Danica was holding her own around 12th. Almirola got into the door of Patrick sending her head on into the inside wall ripping the front end off the car and sending the #10 off the ground. She was shaken but okay.
The Battle for the Win:
The second Duel was much more calmer with not a single yellow. Matt Kenseth pushed his teammate Greg Biffle to the front early but Greg ducked down to the bottom leaving Kenseth hung out to dry. Matt would get his revenge late as he blew by the #16 after a failed block by Biffle with Jimmie Johnson pushing. There was contact between Johnson and Regan Smith with half a lap to go which killed the momentum Regan had costing him a chance at the voctory.
A couple fun facts:
-Matt Kenseth's Duel #2 win was the first Gatorade Duel victory for Roush Fenway Racing
-A owner has never won both Gatorade Duels