Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hamlin and Kenseth win Budweiser Duels

Hamlin races to checkers as mayhem ensues behind him on last lap
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin was in the right place at the right time Thursday night — out front and ahead of the big crash.

Hamlin led the lead pack across the finish line to win the second Budweiser Duel and avoid the wild multicar crash that erupted behind him and sent Clint Bowyer's car flipping through the air.

The wreck occurred when Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel on the final lap and Jamie McMurray tagged him from behind coming out of Turn 4, sending both drivers crashing into the outside wall and igniting a huge crash. Bowyer got the worst of it, getting knocked across the track and flipping his car into the frontstretch grass. Also involved were Michael Waltrip, Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards and David Ragan.

“I feel terrible," Johnson said. "Terrible to tear up that many racecars and see the 15 (Bowyer) flip. I feel terrible and want to apolgize to everyone. I tried to get up out of the way, I had my hand out the window, but the last lap coming to the checkered, there is so much going on right there, so much energy in the pack, I knew we were going to get run over if we ran out. Thankfully everyone is all right and I certainly feel bad for all the torn-up racecars."

Hamlin, meanwhile, won the race, followed by Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Trevor Bayne and rookie Kyle Larson.

Read More Here......Sporting News

Bud Duel 2 Results

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Matt Kenseth held off a furious charge from Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne on the final lap to win the first Budweiser Duel qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway Thursday night.

Harvick finished second but was disqualified after failing postrace inspection for his car exceeding the maximum split on the track car. Harvick's finish was disallowed and he will have to get into the Daytona 500 based on his qualifying speed or owner points. His team has Ryan Newman's owner points from 2013.

Kenseth led most of the race, but had to deal with Harvick on the final lap. Harvick pulled out of line going into Turn 4 on the final lap to take the lead, but Kenseth fought back on the outside to hold off Harvick and Kahne in a three-wide finish.

Read More here....Sporting News

Bud Duel 1 Results

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