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 Sunday's qualifying. #48-Johnson will start on the pole for the first Gatorade Duel and #55-Waltrip 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 2007 end of season car owner points are assigned to Gatorade Duel races based on their standing in the 2007 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 2007 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 Daytona 500.

  • Format for making the Daytona 500 field:
    • The top 35 teams in owner's points from 2007 are guaranteed a spot somewhere in the field.
    • Eighteen other drivers are competing for the remaining eight spots in the 43-car field.
    Pole Day Qualifying:
    • The drivers posting the top two speeds: #48-Jimmie Johnson and #55-Michael Waltrip, 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 2007 owners points:
    #55-Waltrip, #78-Nemechek and #00-Reutimann, also earned a starting spot [shown in GREEN below].
    It looks like the Past Champions Provisional will be used as there are three past champs outside the top-35 in last seasons owners points: #2-Busch [1st shot 2004 champ]; #44-Jarrett 2nd shot 1999 champ], #21-Elliott [3rd shot 1988 champ] Four other drivers [ORANGE in the charts below] can make the Daytona 500 via speed, the rest out of the top-35 in owners points [shown in RED] must race their way in.
    Gatorade duel qualifying races
    • Johnsom first in the first of Thursday's two 150-mile races; Waltrip 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 41 and 42 go to the two cars [since Waltrip has the 2nd spot locked in] 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 #2-Busch [1st shot], #44-Jarrett [2nd shot] or #21-Elliott [3rd]. If no past champ needs it, the 43rd spot goes to the next fastest non-top 35 car.

  • Drivers who are not yet assured of a spot in the 500 and how they can get in:
    Who Could Get In Via Duels/
    Qualifying Time
    #60-Boris Said: Fastest of non-qualifiers, but could make the 500 one of two ways -- if he finishes first or second among the go-or-go-home drivers, or if #55-Michael Waltrip, #78-Joe Nemechek or #00-David Reutimann finish top-2 among the drivers not in on owners' points.
    #10-Patrick Carpentier: Second-fastet of non-qualifiers, but could make the 500 one of two ways -- if he finishes first or second among the go-or-go-home drivers or if Waltrip, Nemechek, Reutimann or Said finish top-2 among the drivers not in on owenrs points.
    #83-Brian Vickers: Third-fastert non-qualifier, but could make the 500 one of two ways -- if he finishes among the top-2 among the go-or-go-home drivers, or if Waltrip, Nemechek, Reutimann, Said or Carpentier finish top-2 among the drivers not in on owners points.
    #27-Jacques Villeneuve: Fourth-fastest non-qualifiers, but could make the 500 one of two ways -- if he finishes among the top-2 among the go-or-go-home drivers, or if Nemechek, Reutimann, Said and Carpentier finish top-2 among the drivers not in on owners points.
    Past Champions
    #21-Bill Elliott: The 1988 champion must place top-2 among the go or go-homers in his duel or hope both #2-Kurt Busch and #44-Dale Jarrett finish top-2 in their Duels.
    #44-Dale Jarrett: must finish top-2 among the go or go-homers, unless Busch manages to do that. Then Jarrett would earn the past champion's provisional because his 1999 championship is more recent than Elliott's 1988 title.
    Who Must Race Their Way In: #50-Stanton Barrett; #49-Ken Schrader; #08-Carl Long; #37-Eric McClure; #09-Sterling Marlin; #84-AJ Allmendinger; #87-Kenny Wallace; #34-John Andretti.(Daytona Neach News Journal)(2-11-2008)


Gatorade Duel's - Thursday, February 14, 2008
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

St
Pos
Qual
Rank
Car# Driver Manu Qual
Speed
Prev
Year
Ops
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson
Engine Change..to back
Chevy 187.075 1
2 3 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy 186.498 x
3 6 5 Casey Mears
Engine Change..to back
Chevy 186.054 5
4 9 60 Boris Said Ford 185.893 x
5 15 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Engine Change..to back
Chevy 185.479 15
6 16 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 185.475 x
7 19 84 AJ Allmendinger
Engine Change..to back
Toyota 185.422 x
8 22 66 Scott Riggs
Engine Change..to back
Chevy 185.193 31
9 23 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 185.143 13
10 26 01 Regan Smith # Chevy 184.964 17
11 27 87 Kenny Wallace Chevy 184.953 x
12 32 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevy 184.612 33
13 34 2 Kurt Busch [CH1] Dodge 184.540 x
14 35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 184.521 27
15 36 99 Carl Edwards Ford 184.487 9
16 38 15 Paul Menard Chevy 184.415 29
17 40 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 184.290 11
18 41 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 184.264 23
19 42 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 184.241 21
20 43 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. # Dodge 184.226 7
21 44 07 Clint Bowyer
Engine Change..to back
Chevy 184.106 4
22 45 21 Bill Elliott [CH3] Ford 184.009 x
23 47 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 183.857 19
24 49 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 183.374 35
25 50 09 Sterling Marlin Chevy 183.326 x
26 51 96 J.J. Yeley
Engine Change..to back
Toyota 182.994 25
27 53 08 Carl Long Dodge 180.796 x


DRIVER COLOR
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 #2 and #44 races in
ORANGE = can still make race via speed

Gatorade Duel #2

St
Pos
Qual
Rank
Car# Driver Manu Qual
Speed
Prev
Year
Ops
1 2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 186.734 x
2 4 00 David Reutimann Toyota 186.463 x
3 5 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 186.120 34
4 7 28 Travis Kvapil Ford 185.958 30
5 8 11 Denny Hamlin
Engine Change..to back
Toyota 185.947 12
6 10 24 Jeff Gordon
Engine Change..to back
Chevy 185.858 2
7 11 10 Patrick Carpentier # Dodge 185.766 x
8 12 20 Tony Stewart
Engine Change..to back
Toyota 185.651 6
9 13 6 David Ragan Ford 185.594 24
10 14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 185.517 4
11 17 27 Jacques Villeneuve # Toyota 185.452 x
12 18 8 Mark Martin Chevy 185.429 16
13 20 38 David Gilliland Ford 185.410 32
14 21 44 Dale Jarrett [CH2]
Engine Change..to back
Toyota 185.345 x
15 24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 185.071 14
16 25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 185.010 18
17 28 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 184.85 28
18 29 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 184.828 20
19 30 37 Eric McClure Chevy 184.828 x
20 31 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 184.809 22
21 33 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 184.589 10
22 37 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 184.483 x
23 39 40 Dario Franchitti # Dodge 184.351 26
24 46 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 183.884 8
25 48 34 John Andretti Chevy 183.673 x
26 52 50 Stanton Barrett Chevy 182.823 x


DRIVER COLOR
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 #2 races in
ORANGE = can still make race via speed


  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying at Daytona?
    Top three are in the race, [53 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race via speed, could race their way in via the Duels:
    [top 2 non top-35 in each duel get in the race]
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 186.734 - IN - will start 2nd
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 186.498 - IN
    #00-David Reutimann, 186.463 - IN
    these drivers could make the race via speed if the above drivers made the race via the Duels:
    #60-Boris Said, 185.893
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 185.766
    #83-Brian Vickers, 185.475
    these drivers will need to make the race via the Duels:
    #27-Jacques Villeneuve, 185.452
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 185.422
    #87-Kenny Wallace, 184.953
    #37-Eric McClure, 184.828
    #49-Ken Schrader, 184.483
    #34-John Andretti, 183.673
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 183.326
    #50-Stanton Barrett, 182.823
    #08-Carl Long, 180.796
    has at made the race, at least thru the Past Champ Provisional:
    #2-Kurt Busch, [CH1], 184.540
    these drivers could make the race via a Champ Prov if Busch races his way in:
    #44-Dale Jarrett [CH2], 185.345
    #21-Bill Elliott [CH3], 184.009, can use it if BOTH Jarrett and Busch race in, or gets in on speed
    withdrew:
    #57-Norm Benning,
    (2-10-2008)

  • 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. 17 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 Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The pole winner from Bud Pole Qualifying scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10. 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 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 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 2008, #2-Busch would get first shot as he last won the championship in 2004, then #44-Jarrett from 1999 and then #21-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:
    2007 Nextel Cup Race Results
    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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