Sunday, February 19, 2012

NSCS Pole Report: Gatorade Duel Starting Lineups

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Before we get to the Daytona 500, the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series have to get past one more test - the Gatorade Duels. Both races will determine who is actually going to be in the prestigious 500. 

Who gets locked into the race? It's a bit confusing between the qualifying today and the Duels on Thursday. The top two positions from today’s qualifying, top-35 in owner points from the 2011 season, past champions, those locked in from today’s qualifying, and finally the go-or-go-homers who finished highest in the Duels. Up for grabs in the Duels is your starting position if you are amongst the drivers already locked into The Great American Race. If you are a go-or-go-homer like Kenny Wallace or Michael Waltrip for example, it's pedal to the medal to race your way in. 

The stories are intense and with few spots remaining, this is going to be an exciting afternoon. SPEED's coverage of the Gatorade Duels starts at 1 PM ET on Thursday. 

Duel No. 1:
1. Carl Edwards
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3. Marcos Ambrose
4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
5. Trevor Bayne 
6. Tony Stewart
7. Aric Almirola
8. Paul Menard
9. David Ragan
10. AJ Allmendinger
11. Brad Keselowski
12. Kevin Harvick
13. Jeff Burton
14. Juan Pablo Montoya
15. David Stremme
16. Jamie McMurray
17. Danica Patrick
18. Terry Labonte
19. Michael Waltrip
20. Denny Hamlin
21. Michael McDowell
22. Landon Casill
23. David Gilliland
24. Mike Wallace
25. Robby Gordon

Duel No. 2:
1. Greg Biffle
2. Casey Mears
3. Jeff Gordon
4. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Mark Martin
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Matt Kenesth
8. Ryan Newman
9. Joey Logano
10. Kasey Kahne
11. Tony Raines
12. Kyle Busch
13. Kenny Wallace
14. Dave Blaney
15. Kurt Busch
16. Elliott Sadler
17. Joe Nemechek
18. Regan Smith
19. Bobby Labonte
20. Bill Elliott
21. David Reutimann
22. Robert Richardson Jr.
23. J.J. Yeley
24. Clint Bowyer

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