NASCAR Budweiser Duels at Daytona [Live Race Thread]

Let's get this party started! The Budweiser Duels at Daytona are ON!

2/21/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Budweiser Duels at Daytona [Live Race Thread]Finally it is time to hit the track once again.  No, it isn't a points race, and honestly, these races only really matter to those drivers who either aren't locked into the field, or have a terrible starting position and want to move on up.

The racing won't likely get as intense as it does in the 500, and in effect, it may just look like another practice session, but make no mistake, it is an honor to win one of the Duels.

The first race has Danica on the pole, with Trevor Bayne alongside in row 1.  Danica hasn't been doing much drafting practice, while everyone wants to draft with Trevor, so look for him to move on out front.  The race also includes, Dale Earnhardt Jr and his teammate, Jimmie Johnson, so those two will likely team up.  Tony Stewart and his future employee/teammate, Kevin Harvick are also in the first race and will be a likely pair in the draft.  Michael Waltrip, two time winner of the Daytona 500, is in the first race as well, with his tribute car.  There is no doubt in my mind that Mikey will be up near the front sometime during the race, given his ability to get around this track.  He has more incentive than the win to want to get his car on TV.  

As we touched on earlier this week, Mikey is racing in the number 26 entry for Swan Racing. The car is a tribute to those who lost their lives in Newtown CT just before Christmas.  Twenty-six people, twenty children and six adults, lost their lives when a deranged individual opened fire in the Sandy Hook Elementary School.   The tragedy broke Mikey's heart, and he vowed to do something to help the community.  Not only will he proudly display the number 26 on his car, but he will also display "Text Newtown to 80888", encouraging viewers to donate $10 to the cause.  

Michael isn't guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500, so he will have to race his way in.  I can only imagine the emotions if he manages to win his Duel.
Blog Photo - NASCAR Budweiser Duels at Daytona [Live Race Thread]
The second race will have Jeff Gordon on the pole, with his teammate, Kasey Kahne right behind.   Those two will undoubtedly hook up right off the start, but may drop back to let any wrecking happen in front.  Kyle Busch is also in this race, and I have no doubt he will surge to the front, just as quickly as he can.  His new teammate, Matt Kenseth, starts nearby, so again, these two will likely join forces in the draft.

The second Duel will also feature the entry of Austin Dillon in the 33 car.  He and teammate, Paul Menard, start together as well, so there's another matchup to watch for.

So what can we expect as far as the racing is concerned?  We've already seen that the bumpers don't line up very well, meaning bump drafting is awkward at best.  We've already seen several wrecks.  We've also seen that the car can be saved.  Drivers will be likely racing a different car than they did in the Sprint Unlimited, if they competed there, and a different one than they will bring to the 500.

I won't bore you with yet another explanation as to the qualifying procedure - if you are watching the races, I'm sure they will explain it ad nauseum - but top 15 is where you want to be.  

It's almost time for the races to begin, so who have you got?  Who do you think will win race 1? Race 2?  Do you think this is a foretelling of the Daytona 500? Join in here and enjoy our first kick at racing, flag to flag.
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2/24/13   |   krsmntng   |   6647 respect

Iwas happy with thew race today.  It was nice to see no one was hurt.  Jimmie took it all LIke I wanted.  Danica was in the top ten and did good without a crash.  It can just get better  from here on.  Didn't want Tony Stewart out right away.  

2/23/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

Johnny Sauter won the Truck race. Woot Woot.....Kyle took second. Yep there was a crash....

2/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Scott wrote:
IMO, starting and parking is the last thing Danica Patrick needed.  If everybody is serious about Patrick running in the series this season, she needs laps on this new car, just like the other drivers do.  It was much more beneficial for Patrick to participate in this race in the conservative fashion that she did.  

She is out there in practice today, and so far she has put more laps on her car than any other driver.  She's trying different lines on the track, the top side, the bottom,. middle, everywhere.  Dale Jr has also been out on the track a lot today and they have made a lot of adjustments to his car.  

Great plan for both of them, as this is the time of day the 500 will be run.  

And again, I am not a fan of Danica.  She has not proven to anyone, IMO, that she has learned enough to be in the premiere series.  Yes, Scott, running around the track and making laps was definitely smart.  She needs to run as many laps on as many tracks as she can.  And again, it was the "RACING" to the back that made me giggle, nothing else.

2/22/13   |   Scott   |   53628 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Like I said, Gene Haas wanted her to start and park.  Lots of others were calling for the same thing.  

(It was the "Patrick and Stewart racing to the back of the pack" that got me giggling).

IMO, starting and parking is the last thing Danica Patrick needed.  If everybody is serious about Patrick running in the series this season, she needs laps on this new car, just like the other drivers do.  It was much more beneficial for Patrick to participate in this race in the conservative fashion that she did.  

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

kramer wrote:
If you have the pole for the 500, you're probably a bit smarter to ride in the back and not push the envelope.

Like I said, Gene Haas wanted her to start and park.  Lots of others were calling for the same thing.  

(It was the "Patrick and Stewart racing to the back of the pack" that got me giggling).

2/21/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

If you have the pole for the 500, you're probably a bit smarter to ride in the back and not push the envelope.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Amazing watching Patrick and Stewart racing to the back of the pack.... Hope Patrick puts forth more effort on Sunday!!!!!

ROFLMAO!!! 

good one yes

2/21/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Amazing watching Patrick and Stewart racing to the back of the pack.... Hope Patrick puts forth more effort on Sunday!!!!!

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Rewatching the Duels now, just cuz I can, plus I had to leave suddenly with 16 laps to go in the second race.  Still amazed at how Jr got thru that wreck without even lifting!

2/21/13   |   Scott   |   53628 respect

Aggressiveness pays off for both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.  

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Tough luck for Mike Bliss.  Just like Martin Truex Jr., his window net (driver's side this time) has come down and he needs to pit to get it put back up.  He qualified 44th out of 45 and had to race in.  Hearbreaker

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Kevin posted this picture a little while ago.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Kevin Harvick on current Daytona racing: "It's just like it was 10 years ago." Have heard some go further back to early/mid-90s. 

that's exactly the way I feel.  Watching them race in this car "feels" like the racing I missed from the 90's.  I hated the COT.  Like I said, I'm in love with this car already.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Black flag explanation»MT : Cars create turbulence in draft, it broke window track where the side window clips are attached.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Harvick: It's been a great start to Speedweeks, obviously. You have to be precise with this car.

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

Duel #2......let's go boys!

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Well, yes, of course a car can become undriveable on any track.  In my opinion though, the smaller tracks will have less impact on how the car drives.  I really believe they will figure out the mid size tracks first.

And I have to say from what I've seen so far, I've already fallen in love with this new car, no matter how it does on the other tracks. As i said, just my opinion.

maybe it will make the "mid size" tracks more exciting/fun......

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I thought it was a bump but the replays show not! Wow the air is going to be a big deal with this car!

hmmmm, 

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
The reason I want to see them on the short tracks, is because the beating and banging might make a difference now that the bumpers no longer match up. A car can become "undriveable".....the 1 1/2 mile tracks will probably be the same I am thinking, but still want to see them before I make an opinion definite.

Well, yes, of course a car can become undriveable on any track.  In my opinion though, the smaller tracks will have less impact on how the car drives.  I really believe they will figure out the mid size tracks first.

And I have to say from what I've seen so far, I've already fallen in love with this new car, no matter how it does on the other tracks. As i said, just my opinion.

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I honestly think the SuperSpeedways will be an entity unto themselves because they only race on them 4 times.  The mid size racetracks, while different, are the same, if you know what I mean, so i think they will figure them out first.  Bristol, Martinsville, and the other small tracks....well, I don't think it matters as much?? No matter how beaten up a car is at the small tracks, as long as it has 4 tires and an engine, it's driveable.

The reason I want to see them on the short tracks, is because the beating and banging might make a difference now that the bumpers no longer match up. A car can become "undriveable".....the 1 1/2 mile tracks will probably be the same I am thinking, but still want to see them before I make an opinion definite.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Did Trevor bump Denny, or was that the air being sucked out and Denny got loose into Carl?

I thought it was a bump but the replays show not! Wow the air is going to be a big deal with this car!

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I'm crying.  I admit it.  Not because Kevin won, but because Mikey got in.  I'm so happy to see that.

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

(Edited by JenX63)

Woot Woot! Kevin wins!

Stewart took 7th...

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Scott wrote:
In all honesty, I'm expecting a lot of tentative drivers early on in the season.  I think by the time the mid point of the season rolls around, we'll see more drivers willing to take more chances.  The Daytona 500 will be different IMO because this is the Super Bowl of racing.  Winning the Daytona 500 is a big deal so I really don't think drivers are going to go balls to the wall until the last 10 laps or so.

I honestly think the SuperSpeedways will be an entity unto themselves because they only race on them 4 times.  The mid size racetracks, while different, are the same, if you know what I mean, so i think they will figure them out first.  Bristol, Martinsville, and the other small tracks....well, I don't think it matters as much?? No matter how beaten up a car is at the small tracks, as long as it has 4 tires and an engine, it's driveable.

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Uh oh,

Denny, Trevor, Carl, Smith all in a wreck

Carl and Denny got together somehow, but WOW  oh WOW look at all the cars who got right thru that mess!!

Did Trevor bump Denny, or was that the air being sucked out and Denny got loose into Carl?

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Uh oh,

Denny, Trevor, Carl, Smith all in a wreck

Carl and Denny got together somehow, but WOW  oh WOW look at all the cars who got right thru that mess!!

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

woosh, there it is

2/21/13   |   Scott   |   53628 respect

JenX63 wrote:
How many races do you think it will take them to get comfortable. Super Speedways are a stand alone track in my mind. Bristol (short track), and Vegas is where I am really interested in seeing these new cars.

In all honesty, I'm expecting a lot of tentative drivers early on in the season.  I think by the time the mid point of the season rolls around, we'll see more drivers willing to take more chances.  The Daytona 500 will be different IMO because this is the Super Bowl of racing.  Winning the Daytona 500 is a big deal so I really don't think drivers are going to go balls to the wall until the last 10 laps or so.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Trevor blew his right front tire getting on to pit road.  Kevin leads.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Kevin Harvick to the lead as they start pit stops.  Brian Keselowski is two laps down now.  Last year he got a push from his bro to get into the 500.

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

Debi_L wrote:
So DW says Danica is riding in the back on purpose and points out who is back there with her.  AHEM, may I point out that JJ, Carl, and Tony have already proven they can move up through the field if the drop to the back.  Danica has just said her car is tight and she just can't keep up with the pack.  In my opinion that is just another example of how she cannot drive with the big boys.  

(I'm such a bitch when it comes to her!)

lol, I am standing on the fence...watching. I understand the boss wanting her to get off the track. It is just in case something happens. Her fault or not it's Daytona and anything can happen. It is pretty tame racing from what I see so far.

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

Scott wrote:
With the uncertainty of the new car and drivers not being comfortable just yet with it, I got a feeling we will see a lot of this single file pack racing for most of the race on Sunday. 

How many races do you think it will take them to get comfortable. Super Speedways are a stand alone track in my mind. Bristol (short track), and Vegas is where I am really interested in seeing these new cars.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

So DW says Danica is riding in the back on purpose and points out who is back there with her.  AHEM, may I point out that JJ, Carl, and Tony have already proven they can move up through the field if the drop to the back.  Danica has just said her car is tight and she just can't keep up with the pack.  In my opinion that is just another example of how she cannot drive with the big boys.  

(I'm such a bitch when it comes to her!)

2/21/13   |   Scott   |   53628 respect

With the uncertainty of the new car and drivers not being comfortable just yet with it, I got a feeling we will see a lot of this single file pack racing for most of the race on Sunday. 

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

JenX63 wrote:
lol, Debi, my evil side hopes she doesn't make it back in one piece. Good Luck to all the guys!

on a totally unrelated note: Chick that sung the National Anthem needs to be smacked, that was just plain screaming...

That was what the indecision was for.

well that and the Start your engines which was.....tame???

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And Trevor Bayne (it was his birthday yesterday) leads lap 1.    #didIpredictthat

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And the green flag drops to start race number 1

2/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32763 respect

lol, Debi, my evil side hopes she doesn't make it back in one piece. Good Luck to all the guys!

on a totally unrelated note: Chick that sung the National Anthem needs to be smacked, that was just plain screaming...

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Now that's interesting.  Apparently Team Owner Gene Haas doesn't have much faith in Danica.  He just told her to "Start n Park"
Apparently she is disobeying team orders.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

indecision

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Before the Sprint Unlimited race, Keelan Harvick was in the driver's seat of the 29 car and Kevin won the race.  No sense messing with a good thing, right?

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Ahhh yes, how forgetful of me!! Danica must bring her car back in one piece in order to actually start on the front row in the 500.

2/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Oh yes and don't let me forget this:

MWR hires Christmas Abbot as first female Crew Member.

Now THAT's a Woman in NASCAR!!!!