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Budweiser Duels 2013 results: Starting grid set for Dayton 500

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch each took home the checkered flag in the two Budweiser Duels

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Daytona 500 starting lineup

After Thursday's Budweiser Duels, the starting lineup for the 2013 Daytona 500 is set.


Kyle Busch wins Duel No. 2

Busch will take the fourth overall position at the Daytona 500.


Danica Patrick has quiet Duel, finishes 17th

Danica Patrick had a quiet, uneventful day in her qualifying race for the Daytona 500, as she avoided trouble and finished 17th Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

"Yeah, it's not an exciting mission when you've just got to bring it home," Patrick said post-race. "But, it is for the Daytona 500, so you've got to keep that in mind.

"We wanted to make sure we've got it on that front row for Sunday."

Patrick entered her Budweiser Duel knowing she was guaranteed her starting spot in Sunday's 500 as long as she didn't damage her No. 10 Chevrolet and have to go to a backup car. And there was even some chatter beforehand that Patrick would head to the garage almost immediately to preserve her starting position.

But Patrick vetoed the idea, wanting to get as many laps as possible in the draft -- something she hasn't had a lot of throughout Speedweeks -- and stayed on the track for all 60 circuits.

In the end, the day wasn't about winning for Patrick; it was all about gaining experience and getting as comfortable as she could racing around other cars.

Unfortunately, however, Patrick didn't do much drafting, as she spent the majority of the afternoon running single-file due to how difficult it was to pass.

"I'll be really honest, I didn't feel like I got a lot of great experience on how to pass or the draft so much," Patrick said. "I was able to hang with the group. I guess I did learn that being too tight is pretty detrimental here.

"If you can't keep your foot in it and run up behind cars, then you're going to struggle to make moves. It looks really hard to pass, to be honest."


Duel No. 1 results: Kevin Harvick wins

No driver has ever won the Sprint Unlimited, a qualifying race and the Daytona 500 in a single season. But thanks to a victory in the first Budweiser Duel, which follows his dominating win in the Unlimited earlier in the week, Kevin Harvick will attempt to become the first driver to complete the Daytona Speedweeks sweep.

After sliding back early on, Harvick begin picking his way through the field as Trevor Bayne asserted himself early on as the driver to beat.

But a pass of Bayne on Lap 37 gave Harvick a lead he would not relinquish in the 60-lap event and just as he did five days before, Harvick held off Greg Biffle to claim his second Daytona win in five days.

"Obviously at the beginning of the race, got ourselves stuck in the middle trying to make something happen," Harvick said post-race. "Hadn't been in that particular position before to see what was going to happen. Didn't have a lot of help. Just one car in front of us. Kind of fell to the back.

"They got single file. I think there were four or five cars started coming on the bottom. I thought we needed to at least try to make something happen. We were able to side draft and break them up one or two at a time."

The win, Harvick's first ever in a Daytona qualifying race, will place him third on the grid for the "Great American Race" -- in prime position to claim his second victory in the Daytona 500.

Daytona 500 pole-sitter Danica Patrick finished 17th.

Bayne, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Regan Smith were all involved in a multi-car wreck with seven laps to go.

The complete finishing order of Budweiser Duel No. 1 is below:

1) Kevin Harvick

2) Greg Biffle

3) Juan Pablo Montoya

4) Jimmie Johnson

5) Kurt Busch

6) Tony Stewart

7) Brad Keselowski

8) Casey Mears

9) Dale Earnhardt Jr.

10) Joey Logano

11) Bobby Labonte

12) David Gilliland

13) Joe Nemechek

14) Michael Waltrip

15) Scott Speed

16) David Reutimann

17) Danica Patrick

18) Regan Smith

19) Martin Truex Jr.

20) Denny Hamlin

21) Brian Keselowski

22) Carl Edwards

23) Trevor Bayne


Daytona 500 qualifying races moving to prime-time

The qualifying races for the Daytona 500 are moving to prime-time in 2014 and while it’s a break in tradition, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for NASCAR.


Budweiser Duel at Daytona on deck for Thursday

Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon locked up the top two spots in the Daytona 500, but the rest of the field will battle for positioning in the big race in the 2013 Budweiser Duel at Daytona on Thursday.

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