Gatorade Duels 2012 Odds

The Gatorade Duel is NASCAR Sprint Cup Series preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held annually in February at Daytona International Speedway.

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eatures two 150-mile qualifying races that determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500.

The Gatorade Duel races also were the final chance for many drivers to qualify for The Daytona 500.

Known officially as the Gatorade Duel Qualifying Races, these 150-mile events will determine the starting grid for the Great American Race – the 52nd running of the Daytona 500 Sunday.

Feb. 23, 2012Daytona International Speedway Betting

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First race: 1959

Laps: 60

Distance: 150 miles (241.401 km)

Defending Champions: Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton

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Once qualifying is over, the field is set by merging the highest ranked 35 teams in the owner standings with the fastest seven cars not in those 35 positions, in the order of their qualifying speeds. The 43rd position is reserved for a former champion, provided he is not already qualified and satisfies the rulebook’s criteria. If unused by a former champion, it goes to the next fastest car in qualifying. The lone exception is the Daytona 500, which uses qualifying and two 150-mile races to determine the field.

The Gatorade Duel at Daytona certainly lived up to their new name. Long known as the Gatorade 125’s, the races this season were lengthened by 10 laps and renamed the Gatorade Duel at Daytona. In a ‘Duel’ that race fans have been accustomed to seeing, Michael Waltrip edged his Dale Earnhardt Inc. teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by a mere .030 seconds for the win in the first event.

In the second Gatorade Duel, Tony Stewart held off a hard charging Jeff Burton in a race that included a seven-car incident that included contenders Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace. No drivers were hurt in the incident.

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With Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. grabbing spots up front in qualifying and the top 35 teams in owner’s points guaranteed a shot in the Daytona 500, along with four drivers (Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Scott Speed and Joe Nemechek) outside that top 35 getting in on speed alone, that leaves just four spots open and 19 desperate drivers trying to fill them.

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