Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kurt Busch and Jeff Burton Take Gatorade Wins at Daytona

Associated Press

Kurt Busch and Jeff Burton capture the Gatorade Duels
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Burton has won the second Daytona 500 qualifying race by beating teammate Clint Bowyer to the finish line.

NASCAR sensation Brad Keselowski also pushed his unheralded older brother, Brian, through the field Thursday and into a transfer spot that earned him his first spot in the Daytona 500.

Brian Keselowski, who is two years older than his brother, cried in his car. He'll make his Sprint Cup debut in NASCAR's biggest race of the season.

Kurt Busch won the first of the qualifying races, which set the field for the Daytona 500.

Bill Elliott and J.J. Yeley earned the transfer spots in the first race, while Michael Waltrip joined Brian Keselowski with spots from the second race.

The first Duel set the starting order for the inside row (odd-numbered positions) in the 53rd running of NASCAR's most important race. Smith, who finished second, will start third in the 500. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne finished third, fourth and fifth and will start fifth, seventh and ninth, respectively, on Sunday.

Bill Elliott and J.J. Yeley claimed the two transfer positions into the Daytona 500, thanks to Duel finishes of 15th and 17th. Because Elliott won't have to fall back on his qualifying time, Michael Waltrip also will race on Sunday, based on his fourth-best qualifying speed among those not locked into the 500.

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Gatorade Duel - Race 1 Results (Kurt Busch Wins)

Gatorade Duel - Race 2 results (Jeff Burton Wins)

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