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Results - Gatorade Duel at Daytona 1

NASCAR
Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Dale Earnhardt Jr perfect so far in 2008
Dale Earnhardt Jr won the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona leading 26 laps and making it two in a row for his Hendrick Motorsports team.  Reed Sorenson and Ryan Newman followed Earnhardt Jr across the line while Casey Mears and Carl Edwards rounded out the top 5.

Claiming the two transfer spots and racing their way into the Daytona 500 were Kenny Wallace and Brian Vickers.

Earnhardt's win continued his Daytona "happy time" since NASCAR's most popular driver started his season with new car owner Rick Hendrick Saturday night by winning the Bud Shootout.

He was one happy dude. He was happy again Thursday, but the happiest guy on the race track had to be Kenny Wallace. And the second happiest had to be Brian Vickers.

Both drivers had to "race" their way into Sunday's 50th anniversary of the Great American Race, the Daytona 500.

Wallace finished eighth behind Earnhardt, Reed Sorenson, Ryan Newman, Casey Mears, Carl Edwards, Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Vickers finished a few spots further back in 11th behind Sam Hornish and Paul Menard.

It was an amazing run for Vickers who had to overcome an early spin plus an extra pit stop.

Quick in and quick out
Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images
Earnhardt diced it up at the front with Sorenson, Newman and others en route his win. Once again, he was happy and hoped the fans enjoyed the race.

"That was fun" he said. "These new cars are a handful, but we'll sort that all out. It reminded me of the old days with the cars slipping and sliding around."

Brian Vickers brought out the caution on the second lap, spinning across the track out of turn four after being tapped from the rear by Boris Said.

Fortunately, Vickers' Toyota escaped damage, and he returned to the race at the back of the field.

Seven cars, including Daytona 500 pole winner Jimmie Johnson, started the first race from the rear after engine problems in practice forced a change. Casey Mears, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer, J.J. Yeley and Scott Riggs also started from the rear.

Joe Nemechek roared to the front early on and showed his Furniture Row Chevy was quick. Nemechek, Newman and Sorensen swapped the lead while Kurt Busch dropped from contention on the ninth lap with mechanical problems.

By lap 15, Edwards and Truex sped to the front of the field. Two laps later, Earnhardt completed his charge from the back of the field to the front.

Full Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard PE 60 Running
2 18 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target PE 60 Running
3 9 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL PE 60 Running
4 3 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST PE 60 Running
5 15 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot PE 60 Running
6 23 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker PE 60 Running
7 19 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline PE 60 Running
8 11 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row PE 60 Running
9 20 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 PE 60 Running
10 16 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards PE 60 Running
11 6 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull PE 60 Running
12 2 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing PE 60 Running
13 7 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull PE 60 Running
14 17 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker PE 60 Running
15 8 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters PE 60 Running
16 22 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie PE 60 Running
17 10 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet Principal Financial Group PE 60 Running
18 21 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's PE 60 Running
19 4 160 Boris Said Ford 7-Eleven Slurpee / No Fear PE 60 Running
20 12 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon PE 60 Running
21 25 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming PE 60 Running
22 14 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy PE 60 Running
23 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's PE 60 Running
24 27 08 Carl Long Dodge MILLSTAR Tools / Rhino's Energy Drink PE 59 Running
25 26 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV PE 59 Running
26 24 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo PE 59 Running
27 13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite PE 9 Out of Race


Daytona 500 Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 187.075 48.109 Leader
2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 186.734 48.197 -0.088
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard - - -
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express - - -
5 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target - - -
6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot - - -
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL - - -
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont - - -
9 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST - - -
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser - - -
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot - - -
12 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army - - -
13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker - - -
14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA - - -
15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline - - -
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil - - -
17 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row - - -
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M - - -
19 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 - - -
20 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS - - -
21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards - - -
22 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Makoto - - -
23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull - - -
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's - - -
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker - - -
26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam - - -
27 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters - - -
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT - - -
29 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet Principal Financial Group - - -
30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters - - -
31 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's - - -
32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com - - -
33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon - - -
34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar - - -
35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy - - -
36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility - - -
37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV - - -
38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 - - -
39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo - - -
40 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Dodge Journey - - -
41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing - - -
42 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine - - -
43 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite Champion's Provisional

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