NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Budweiser Duel (Race 1) Preview

The Sports NetworkFebruary 17, 2014 

Date: Thursday, Feb. 20

Start Time: 7 p.m. ET

Site: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.

Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Laps: 60

Miles: 150

Capacity: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 56th

On TV: FOX Sports 1

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record:

Qualifying record:

2013 Finish (Race 1)

Defending champion: Kevin Harvick (Race 1)

Runner up: Greg Biffle (Race 1)

Pole winner:

Top 10:

1. Kevin Harvick (Start: 13)

2. Greg Biffle (14)

3. Juan Pablo Montoya (7)

4. Jimmie Johnson (11)

5. Kurt Busch (17)

6. Tony Stewart (3)

7. Brad Keselowski (12)

8. Casey Mears (8)

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (6)

10. Joey Logano (5)

Average speed: 177.282 mph

Time of race: 50 mins., 46 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.165 seconds

Caution flags: 1 for 3 laps

Lead changes: 4 among 2 drivers

Past winners

2013 Race 1 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 177.282 mph

2012 Race 1 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 159.104 mph

2011 Race 1 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 159.794 mph

2010 Race 1 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 146.461 mph

2009 Race 1 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 139.463 mph

2008 Race 1 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 160.810 mph

2007 Race 1 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 113.491 mph

2006 Race 1 Elliott Sadler, Ford, 180.395 mph

2005 Race 1 Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 140.442 mph

2004 Race 1 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 156.087 mph

2003 Race 1 Robby Gordon, Chevrolet, 181.159 mph

2002 Race 1 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 183.674 mph

2001 Race 1 Sterling Marlin, Dodge, 147.493 mph

2000 Race 1 Bill Elliott, Ford, 188.758 mph

1999 Race 1 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 163.517 mph

1998 Race 1 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 139.925 mph

1997 Race 1 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 166.113 mph

1996 Race 1 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 143.039 mph

1995 Race 1 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet), 150.050 mph

1994 Race 1 Ernie Irvan, Ford, 156.304 mph

1993 Race 1 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 153.270 mph

1992 Race 1 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 116.430 mph

1991 Race 1 Davey Allison, Ford, 165.380 mph

1990 Race 1 Geoff Bodine, Ford, 187.110 mph

1989 Race 1 Ken Schrader, Chevrolet, 147.203 mph

1988 Race 1 Bobby Allison, Buick, 130.960 mph

1987 Race 1 Ken Schrader, Ford, 130.397 mph

1986 Race 1 Bill Elliott, Ford, 153.636 mph.

1985 Race 1 Bill Elliott, Ford, 179.784 mph

1984 Race 1 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 129.459 mph

1983 Race 1 Dale Earnhardt, Ford, 157.746 mph

1982 Race 1 Cale Yarborough, Buick, 135.298 mph

1981 Race 1 Bobby Allison, Pontiac, 150.125 mph

1980 Race 1 Neil Bonnett, Mercury, 138.249 mph

1979 Race 1 Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile, 167.598mph

1978 Race 1 A.J. Foyt, Buick, 123.018 mph

1977 Race 1 Richard Petty, Dodge, 179.856 mph

1976 Race 1 Dave Marcis, Dodge), 119.458 mph

1975 Race 1 Bobby Allison, Matador, 156.685 mph

1974 Race 1 Bobby Isaac, Chevrolet, 123.212 mph

1973 Race 1 Buddy Baker, Dodge, 173.611 mph

1972 Race 1 Bobby Isaac, Dodge, 127.118 mph

1971 Race 1 Pete Hamilton, Plymouth, 175.029 mph

1970 Race 1 Cale Yarborough, Mercury, 183.295 mph

1969 Race 1 David Pearson, Ford, 152.181 mph

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1967 Race 1 LeeRoy Yarbrough, Dodge, 163.934 mph

1966 Race 1 Paul Goldsmith, Plymouth, 167.988 mph

1965 Race 1 Darel Dieringer, Mercury, 165.669 mph

1964 Race 1 Junior Johnson, Dodge, 170.777 mph

1963 Race 1 Junior Johnson, Chevrolet, 164.083 mph

1962 Race 1 Fireball Roberts, Pontiac, 156.999 mph

1961 Race 1 Fireball Roberts, Pontiac, 133.037 mph

1960 Race 1 Fireball Roberts, Pontiac, 137.614 mph

1959 Race 1 Bob Welborn, Chevrolet, 143.198 mph

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Entry list

#1. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) No. 3 Chevrolet (196.019 mph)

#2. Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) No. 16 Ford (195.818 mph)

#3. Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) No. 31 Chevrolet (195.707 mph)

#4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) No. 88 Chevrolet (195.211 mph)

#5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) No. 17 Ford (195.004 mph)

#6. Marco Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) No. 9 Ford (194.894 mph)

#7. Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) No. 43 Ford (194.658 mph)

#8. Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) No. 22 Ford (194.582 mph)

#9. Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) No. 20 Toyota (194.574 mph)

#10. Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) No. 5 Chevrolet (194.544 mph)

#11. Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) No. 18 Toyota (194.502 mph)

#12. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) No. 4 Chevrolet (194.422 mph)

#13. Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) No. 10 Chevrolet (194.380 mph)

#14. A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) No. 47 Chevrolet (194.108 mph)

#15. Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) No. 36 Chevrolet (194.066 mph)

#16. David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) No. 38 Ford (193.376 mph)

#17. Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT) No. 30 Toyota (193.594 mph)

#18. Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) No. 14 Chevrolet (193.365 mph)

#19. Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) No. 55 Toyota (192.798 mph)

#20. Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) No. 26 Toyota (192.538 mph)

#21. Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) No. 95 Ford (192.291 mph)

#22. Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) No. 98 Ford (192.061 mph)

#23. Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) No. 87 Toyota (190.480 mph)

#24. Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) No. 23 Toyota (189.685 mph)

#25. Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) No. 77 Ford, Did Not Qualify

Leading contenders

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Notes

The Budweiser Duel is the twin 150-mile qualifying races that will determine the starting positions for the Daytona 500 beyond the front row. In the event of cancellation, the Daytona 500 field will be set according to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book.

In its 56-year history, this will be the first time the Budweiser Duel runs at nighttime.

Austin Dillon placed the famed No. 3 on the pole position for this year's Daytona 500. Dillon became the fifth rookie driver to win the pole for NASCAR's most prestigious race of the season with a lap at 196.019 mph during Sunday's time trials at Daytona International Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. guaranteed himself the second starting position after posting a lap at 195.852 mph.

The starting lineup for each of the two qualifying races was determined in time trials. Drivers who finished in the odd-numbered positions were assigned to the first Duel race, while drivers who finished in the even-numbered positions were placed in the final Duel. Dillon will start first in race 1, and Truex will begin at the front for race 2.

The highest 15 finishers in each Duel race -- excluding the already locked-in front row -- will earn a spot in the Daytona 500, filling in positions 3-32. Based on their finishing positions in the first Duel race, the top-15 will line up on the inside row (odd-number starting positions) for the Daytona 500. The top-15 in the second Duel will start the 500-mile race on the outside row (even-number starting positions).

Starting positions 33-36 will go to the four fastest drivers in time trials that have not already earned a spot based on their finishes in the Duels (outside the top-15). Position 37-42 will be provisional positions and go to the highest six teams in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series owner points that have not already qualified in either the time trials or the Duels.

The 43rd starting position will be assigned to the most recent eligible past Sprint Cup champion who did not make the field by any other method, providing that driver had competed during the 2013 Sprint Cup season. If the 43rd position remains unused, it will be assigned to the next highest team in last year's owner points not already locked into the field.

The 56th running of the Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday, Feb.23. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

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