Lineups Set for the Budweiser Duels

Photo- Getty Images
Photo- Getty Images

Come this Thursday afternoon, we will see all the Daytona 500 cars on track as they attempt to qualify for the Great American Race. The first Duel will begin around two PM eastern time. Daytona 500 pole-sitter Danica Patrick and outside pole sitter Jeff Gordon will not need to compete in the Duels because they’re guaranteed their starting positions based on qualifying. However, both Patrick and Gordon will race in each duel, or at least the start of the Duels. Below, you can find both the starting lineups for each of the duels and which drivers are guaranteed a spot in the race.

Starting lineup for Budweiser Duel 1

  1. Danica Patrick (#10)
  2. Trevor Bayne (#21)
  3. Tony Stewart (#14)
  4. Denny Hamlin (#11)
  5. Joey Logano (#22)
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr (#88)
  7. Juan Pablo Montoya (#42)
  8. Casey Mears (#13)
  9. Carl Edwards (#99)
  10. Martin Truex Jr (#56)
  11. Jimmie Johnson (#48)
  12. Brad Keselowski (#2)
  13. Kevin Harvick (#29)
  14. Greg Biffle (#16)
  15. David Gilliland (#38)
  16. Michael Waltrip (#26)
  17. Kurt Busch (#78)
  18. Scott Speed (#95)
  19. Regan Smith (#51)
  20. Bobby Labonte (#47)
  21. David Reutimann (#83)
  22. Joe Nemechek (#87)
  23. Brian Keselowski (#52)

Drivers Guaranteed a Spot in the Daytona 500 Based on Qualifying Speeds (In Duel 1)

Danica Patrick (#10)

Trevor Bayne (#21)

Tony Stewart (#14)

Drivers Guaranteed a Spot in the Daytona 500 Based on 2012 Owner Points (In Duel 1)

Brad Keselowski (#2)

Jimmie Johnson (#48)

Greg Biffle (#16)

Denny Hamlin (#11)

Other Drivers Guaranteed a spot in the race (In Duel 1)

Kurt Busch (#78) (Top Candidate for the Past Champions Provisional)

Starting Lineup for Budweiser Duel 2

  1. Jeff Gordon (#24)
  2. Ryan Newman (#39)
  3. Kasey Kahne (#5)
  4. Kyle Busch (#18)
  5. Matt Kenseth (#20)
  6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr (#17)
  7. Paul Menard (#27)
  8. Austin Dillon (#33)
  9. Clint Bowyer (#15)
  10. Jeff Burton (#31)
  11. Jamie McMurray (#1)
  12. Marcos Ambrose (#9)
  13. Aric Almirola (#43)
  14. Mark Martin (#55)
  15. David Ragan (#34)
  16. Josh Wise (#35)
  17. Michael McDowell (#98)
  18. Terry Labonte (#32)
  19. Dave Blaney (#7)
  20. J.J Yeley (#36)
  21. Travis Kvapil (#93)
  22. Mike Bliss (#19)

Drivers Guaranteed a Spot in the Daytona 500 Based on Qualifying Speeds (In Duel 2)

Jeff Gordon (#24)

Ryan Newman (#39)

Kasey Kahne (#5)

Drivers Guaranteed a Spot in the Daytona 500 Based on 2012 Owner Points (In Duel 2)

Clint Bowyer (#15)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr (#17)

By Jason Schultz

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