Gatorade Duels Page
Daytona International Speedway

  • How the fields for the Gatorade Duels are set: The front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineups for the Gatorade Duel qualifying races were set by today's qualifying. Gilliland will start on the pole for the first Gatorade Duel and Rudd will start on the pole for the second. Starting positions in the Gatorade Duel races are determined by qualifying speeds. The participating eligible highest ranked 35 in 2006 car owner points are assigned to Gatorade Duel races based on their standing in the 2006 final car owner points: odd-numbered ranked car owners compete in the first Gatorade Duel; even-numbered owners in the second. Owners who failed to finish in the top-35 of the 2006 car owner points will be assigned to a Gatorade Duel based on qualifying times: the highest qualifying owner to the first Duel; the next to the second and alternating through the remaining entries.

  • Finishing positions in the Gatorade Duel races will determine starting positions in the Daytona 500. First the front-row qualifiers will be removed from the equation. The remaining eligible highest ranked 35 in car owner points, plus the two highest finishing non-top 35 teams from each Duel and the fastest drivers not among those 35 (by time from Daytona 500 qualifying) or a past champion will make up the field for the 2007 Daytona 500.

  • Format for making the 2006 Daytona 500 field:
    • The top 35 teams in owner's points from 2005 are guaranteed a spot somewhere in the field. #96-Terry Labonte is assured a spot as a past champion.
    • Twenty-two other drivers are competing for the remaining seven spots in the 43-car field.
    Pole Day Qualifying:
    • The drivers posting the top two speeds: #38-David Gilliland and #88-Ricky Rudd, are locked in on the front row unless they have to go to a backup car or change an engine.
    • The three fastest cars among those not in the top 35 in 2006 owners points:
    #60-Boris Said, #14-Sterling Marlin and #70-Johnny Sauter, also earned a starting spot.
    Four other drivers [BLUE in the charts below] can make the Daytona 500 via speed, the rest out of the top-35 in owners points must race their way in.
    Gatorade duel qualifying races
    • Gilliland first in the first of Thursday's two 150-mile races; Rudd starts first in the second. The remaining cars are assigned based on qualifying times, but the top 35 from last year are split 18-17 in the two duels.
    Setting the Daytona 500 field
    • The inside spots for rows 2 to 20 are set in the first duel. It includes 17 of the top 35 from last year and the top two duel finishers outside the top 35. The same thing applies for outside spots in the second duel – 16 of the top 35 and top two outside the top 35.
    • Positions 40, 41 and 42 go to the three cars not in last year's top 35 that had the fastest Pole Day speed, if not accounted for in the 150s.
    • The final position goes to a past Cup champion [could be either #44-Jarrett [1st shot] or #37-Elliott [2nd]. If no past champ needs it, the 43rd spot goes to the next fastest non-top 35 car.

Gatorade Duel's - Thursday, February 15, 2007
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, Fla. - 2.5 Mile High Banked
Total Race Length [each] - 60 Laps - 150 Miles

TV - SPEED, 2:00pm/et; MRN/Sirius Satelitte Radio coverage

Daytona 500 Qualifying Results Page

Daytona 500 Race Info Page

Gatorade Duel #1

Car# Driver Manu Qual
1 1 38 David Gilliland Ford 186.320 25
2 5 6 David Ragan # Ford 185.300 9
3 6 60 * Boris Said Ford 185.212 x
4 9 70 * Johnny Sauter Chevy 184.850 x
5 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 184.727 1
6 12 25 Casey Mears Chevy 184.634 15
7 14 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 184.449 3
8 16 36 * Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 184.351 x
9 19 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 184.260 11
10 22 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 184.139 19
11 23 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 184.008 5
12 24 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 184.000 21
13 27 66 Jeff Green Chevy 183.662 29
14 30 16 Greg Biffle Ford 183.535 13
15 32 4 * Ward Burton Chevy 183.464 x
16 34 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 183.329 35
17 38 7 Robby Gordon Ford 183.050 31
18 39 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 183.035 27
19 40 84 * A.J. Allmendinger # Toyota 182.856 x
20 41 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 182.771 17
21 43 37 * Bill Elliott Dodge 182.708 x
22 44 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 182.559 23
23 46 78 * Kenny Wallace Chevy 182.500 x
24 48 21 Ken Schrader Ford 182.452 33
25 50 44 * Dale Jarrett Toyota 182.061 x
26 52 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 181.976 7
27 54 49 * Mike Bliss Dodge 181.539 x
28 56 30 * Stanton Barrett Chevy 181.163 x
29 59 72 * Brandon Whitt # Chevy 180.473 x
30 60 58 *James Hylton Chevy 179.637 x
31 25 55 * Michael Waltrip Toyota DISQ x

RED = needs to finish top 2 of non top 35 owners pts
GREEN = non-top 35, in by speed from qualifying
BLUE = locked in at least, by use of champ prov
PURPLE = can use champ prov if #44 races in
ORANGE = can still make race via speed

Gatorade Duel #2

Car# Driver Manu Qual
1 2 88 Ricky Rudd Ford 185.609 22
2 3 40 David Stremme Dodge 185.487 32
3 4 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 185.338 14
4 7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 185.079 6
5 8 14 * Sterling Marlin Chevy 184.945 x
6 13 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 184.509 10
7 15 00 * David Reutimann # Toyota 184.419 x
8 17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 184.336 30
9 18 23 * Mike Skinner Toyota 184.324 x
10 20 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 184.256 34
11 21 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 184.211 24
12 26 39 * Regan Smith Chevy 183.865 x
13 29 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 183.602 18
14 31 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 183.494 4
15 33 15 * Paul Menard # Chevy 183.426 x
16 35 01 Mark Martin Chevy 183.266 28
17 36 96 Tony Raines Chevy 183.094 26
18 37 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 183.068 16
19 42 34 * Kevin Lepage Dodge 182.711 x
20 45 83 * Brian Vickers Toyota 182.508 x
21 47 13 * Joe Nemechek Chevy 182.474 x
22 49 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 182.437 20
23 51 99 Carl Edwards Ford 182.020 12
24 53 71 * Frank Kimmel Ford 181.693 x
25 55 04 * Eric McClure Chevy 181.269 x
26 57 27 * Kirk Shelmerdine Chevy 181.127 x
27 58 74 * Derrike Cope Dodge 180.473 x
28 61 09 * Mike Wallace Chevy 171.305 x
29 11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DISQ 2
30 28 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge DISQ 8

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying at Daytona?
    Top four are in the race, [61 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race via speed:
    #60-Boris Said, 185.212
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 184.945
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 184.850
    has at made the race, at least thru the Past Champ Provisional:
    #44-Dale Jarrett [CH1], 182.061
    these drivers could make the race via speed if the above drivers made the race via the Duels:
    #00-David Reutimann, 184.419
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 184.351
    #23-Mike Skinner, 184.324
    #39-Regan Smith, 183.865
    this driver could make the race via a Champ Prov if Jarrett races his way in:
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2], 182.708
    these drivers would need to make the race via the Duels:
    #4-Ward Burton, 183.464
    #15-Paul Menard, 183.426
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 182.856
    #34-Kevin Lepage, 182.711
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2], 182.708
    #83-Brian Vickers, 182.508
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 182.500
    #13-Joe Nemechek, 182.474
    #71-Frank Kimmel, 181.693
    #49-Mike Bliss, 181.539
    #04-Eric McClure, 181.269
    #30-Stanton Barrett, 181.163
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 181.127
    #72-Brandon Whitt,180.473
    #74-Derrike Cope, 180.353
    #58-Jame Hylton, 179.637
    #09-Mike Wallace, 171.305
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 183.899 - disallowed

  • Waltrip announcement soon? UPDATE 2 Hyder released?: hearing that NASCAR will make an announcement soon fining the team $100,000, docking Waltrip 100 owner and driver points and suspending the crew chief, David Hyder, indefinitely. Waltrip will be able to run in the Gatorade Duel 150's but will start from the rear of the field.
    UPDATE: the penalties to the #55 team:
    Bobby Kennedy [MWR VP of Competition] and David Hyder [crew chief] ejected from track [Daytona] and suspended indefinitely
    David Hyer fined $100,000
    Michael Waltrip docked 100 driver points
    Owner Buffy Waltrip docked 100 owenrs points
    Michael Waltrip's qualifying time disallowed from Sunday's Daytona 500 qualfiying.
    The substance was NOT jet fuel. Waltrip will be allowed to run the Gatorade Duel's in a back up car.(SPEED coverage of the NASCAR press conference). Scott Eggleston will be the interim crew chief for Waltrip. Eggleston won the Daytona 500 with Waltrip in 2001.(2-14-2007)
    NASCAR Release: NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has confiscated the primary car of the #55 Toyota team that competes in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series with driver Michael Waltrip, as a result of rule violations found during pre- and post-qualifying inspection for the Daytona 500. Crew chief Larry (David) Hyder and the team’s vice president of competition Bobby Kennedy have been ejected from this week’s events at Daytona International Speedway and suspended indefinitely. Hyder also has been fined $100,000.
    NASCAR also penalized Waltrip with the loss of 100 driver championship points. His qualifying time from pole day on Feb. 11 was disallowed. Team owner Elizabeth (Buffy) Waltrip has been penalized 100 car owner championship points.
    The actions taken by NASCAR resulted from violations of 12- 4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts components and/or equipment not conforming to NASCAR rules) and 20-15.2C (gasoline must not be blended with alcohols, ethers or other oxygenates).
    The confiscated car and the parts related to the violations will be transported to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. for further inspection. NASCAR said the investigation of the confiscated car is ongoing.(NASCAR PR)(2-14-2007)
    UPDATE 2: A NASCAR source confirmed Hyder will be released.(

  • Kenseth, Kahne times disallowed UPDATE penalties could be announced today: #9-Kasey Kahne and #17-Matt Kenseth qualifying times/speeds been disallowed, both will start at the end of the 2nd Gatorade Duel race. The #17 and #9 cars were found to have illegal aerodynamic devices/enhancements. NASCAR's Jim Hunter said both infraction is considered as serious as the one that caused #48-Johnson's crew chief to be suspended after Daytona 500 qualifying last year. While the crew chiefs have not been suspended, NASCAR has not rules out anything, penalties are forthcoming. Both Kahne and Kahne will be allowed to start their respective Duel 150's from the rear.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show), #17-Kenseth had qualified 11th, #9-Kahne 28th. See the revised qualifying results on my Daytona Qualifying/Grid Page.(2-11-2007)
    UPDATE: The qualifying times for both drivers were disallowed because inspections found unapproved changes to the body of both cars. Kenseth was 11th and Kahne was 28th in the qualifying speeds. Hunter said penalties will follow for both teams, probably in an announcement on Monday. "We found unapproved devices that enhanced the aerodynamics of those cars," Hunter said. "There were holes where it was supposed to be sealed. One of the cars had holes in the wheel well." Both cars will be allowed to start at the back of the second Gatorade Duel qualifying race on Thursday. Both teams are guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500 because they were among the top 35 teams in points last year.(
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR is meeting today over the #17 and #9 times being disallowed, penalties could be announced today.(2-12-2007)

  • #55 manifold confiscated; car impounded UPDATE 3 Sterno?: during pre-qualifying inspection, the intake manifold of the #55 NAPA Toyota of Michael Waltrip was confiscated by NASCAR, it didn't meet specifications and the team had to install another one.(SPEED's NASCAR Live), been told there was a substance on the inside of the manifold and it was taken away in a black bag, will be taken to NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC to be examined, Waltrip's team was allowed to change engines, go thru tech inspection and make a qualifying attempt, Waltrip qualified 25th.(2-11-2007)
    UPDATE: the #55 Toyota was impounded by NASCAR and Hunter said the car would be inspected 'with a fine tooth comb'.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(2-11-2007)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR impounded the #55 NAPA Toyota of driver/owner Michael Waltrip after qualifying. NASCAR officials confiscated the intake manifold off Waltrip's Camry during a prequalifying inspection. NASCAR officials don't know if Waltrip's car is illegal. Waltrip's fate is up in the air. Hunter said NASCAR officials decided to impound the car before qualifying, but allowed Waltrip to make a qualifying run after placing a new manifold on the car. Now NASCAR officials will inspect the entire car to determine if any violations exist. "Our inspectors will go over that car a with a fine-tooth comb," Hunter said. "I don't know how long we will keep it. As of right now, we do not know that the manifold is illegal, but we want to know." Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's director of competition, said officials sent the manifold to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., for testing Monday. "Our inspector caught a substance inside that we didn't really know what it was," Pemberton said about the manifold. Pemberton wouldn't give specifics about the problem, but Waltrip said inspectors found oil inside the manifold. "And it's not supposed to be there," Waltrip said. "So they took it to see why the oil was there. I don't really understand what is going on, and people here a lot smarter than me don't understand it either, but we'll figure it out. I'm sure it'll be fine." Hunter wasn't buying Waltrip's explanation. "Our inspection team was not comfortable that it was oil," Hunter said. Pemberton said the situation with the #55 problem was not specific to any individual manufacturer. (
    UPDATE 3: Waltrip's Toyota was impounded, with Hunter raising the possibility Waltrip will not be allowed to run that particular car in the 150s or the 500. "We'll go over that car with a fine-tooth comb ... and I don't know how long we'll keep it," Hunter said. Sterno? That's the horsepower trick that rivals suspect tripped up Waltrip when he was busted by NASCAR in the pre-qualifying inspection line for having some unknown "substance" in his intake manifold. NASCAR's Robin Pemberton, the vice president for competition, said that the manifold was being sent back the Concord R&D center for analysis. Presumably the substance could have been some type of oxidant, to provide a bit of horsepower for a short period of time. For years, stock-car teams have at times used such illegal chemical additives at Daytona and Talladega, where NASCAR severely restricts air to the engine, to limit speeds. Ty Norris, the general manager of Waltrip's team, insisted that it was not Sterno: "No, no, no, no. They found some oil in the manifold and said it shouldn't be there," Norris said. "They thought something was amiss. So we changed manifolds, and had the same issue. We showed NASCAR we thought it was blow-by engine oil.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-12-2007)

  • A More Detailed Explation:
    Qualifying Procedure for the Gatorade Duel/Daytona 500:

    The two qualifying races that establish the starting line-up for the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 will feature changes to the procedure of assigning cars to the respective qualifiers.

    The following cars will be assigned to the first of the two qualifying races:

    The odd-number positions (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The pole winner from Bud Pole Qualifying scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 11. Should the pole winner be among the highest-ranked 35 in the the previous season owner points, the pole winner will start in the first race regardless of his odd or even position in those standings. The following cars will be assigned to the second of the two qualifying races:

    The even-number positions (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous season NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The second-fastest qualifier from Bud Pole Qualifying. Should this car be among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season owner points, it will start in the second race regardless of its odd or even position in those standings. Additional cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the final previous season car owner points will be alternated between the first and second 150-mile qualifying events using an odd-even format. The odd-number positions will be assigned to the first qualifier while the even-number positions will be assigned to the second qualifier.

    The odd-even positions are not determined by where the car qualified in the overall field, but their specific qualifying order among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35 group. For example, a car qualifies eighth overall in Bud Pole qualifying, but ranks third-fastest among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35. That car would be an odd-number position and start in the first race as a result of its qualifying standing of those cars not in the highest-ranked 35.

    The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based upon the qualifying speeds in the time trials for all cars, including those who are among the highest-ranked 35 in the finalprevious season car owner point standings. The highest-ranked 35 designation does not determine the car’s starting position, only the assignment of its 150-mile qualifying event.

    A maximum of 66 cars will be permitted to compete between the two qualifying races, and all cars must compete in one of these events to be eligible for the Daytona 500.

    Starting positions for the Daytona 500 will be designated for the highest-ranked 35 positions from the final previous season car owner point standings from each qualifier, the two-highest finishing cars in each qualifier not among that highest-ranked 35 group and the two front-row qualifiers.

    The balance of the 43-car field will be filled by the fastest remaining qualifiers who have not earned a starting position, with the exception of the 43rd position which will be assigned to an eligible former or current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion. Should there not be an eligible champion, the position will be assigned to the next fastest qualifier not in the field.

  • The simple version: how the Daytona 500 lineup is set:
    Pos 1 and 2: Pole sitter and outside pole sitter from Bud Pole qualifying
    [no need to be top 35 in prevoius season car Owners Points]

    Pos 3 thru 39: top 35 in prevoius season car owners points and two highest finishing teams in each Gatorade Duel races race NOT in the top 35 set by their finishing postion in the Gatorade Duel races.

    Pos 40-42: fastest qualifiers not in by above

    Pos 43: past champion provisional - at this point only [for 2007, #44-Dale Jarrett would get first shot as he last won the championship in 1999 and then #37-Bill Elliott would be next in line, winning last in 1988. Otherwise the spot goes to the next fastest qualifier.

  • The Gatorade Duel races: The Daytona 500 pole-sitter will start on the pole of the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona. The outside pole winner will start on the pole of the second qualifying race.

    Cars that finished in odd positions (first, third, fifth, etc.) in owner's points last season will fill the first qualifying race, and those with even-number finishes will compete in the second race. The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based on the qualifying speeds. Owner's points do not determine the car's starting position, only which of the two Duel races in which it will race.

    Cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season will be alternately entered into the two 150-mile qualifying events based on qualifying speeds. The non-top 35 car with the fastest qualifying time is entered into the first (odd) Duel race, the next-fastest in the second (even) race and so on.

  • IMPOUND RULES on my Impound Rules page.

  • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season)
    see my:
    2006 Nextel Cup Race Results
    2005 Nextel Cup Race Results
    2004 Nextel Cup Race Results

  • Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):

    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)

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