Budweiser Duel 1
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL
Thursday, February 21, 2:19 pm ET
Further back - Michael Waltrip takes the final transfer spot at the last second and makes the Daytona 500!
CHECKERED FLAG - HARVICK WINS! IT'S HIS SECOND WIN OF SPEEDWEEKS 2013! This is Harvick's first win in a Duel race - in his 11th start.
WHITE FLAG - Harvick leads!
Lap 57: No single-file racing now - two- and three-wide with three laps remaining!
Lap 57: It is two-by-two up front for the lead between Biffle and Harvick!
RESTART - Lap 56: Harvick leads.
Lap 55: Danica Patrick pits under this caution.
Lap 54: Pit road is open - a few cars take advantage.
WRECK! Lap 52: Big multicar wreck that includes Hamlin, Edwards, Bayne and Smith. It started when Edwards drfited from the low to high side - Hamlin got loose and hit Edwards - triggering the wreck coming off Turn 2.
Lap 51: Interesting, the top two are the same as Saturday's Sprint Unlimited - Harvick and Biffle. Will we have the same result?
Radio chatter on Lap 48: Tony Stewart on Regan Smith, "There's a reason why this (expletive) is back in the Nationwide Series
Radio chatter on Lap 46: No. 88 crew chief Crew chief Steve Letarte: "We're catching the 11 and the 14 about a half second a lap"
Radio chatter on Lap 45: Stewart, "I'm pretty sure there's something on the racetrack"
Rea White notes on Lap 44: Defending series champion Brad Keselowski is outside of the group that will lock in from this race on Lap 45.
Radio chatter on Lap 43: "I hope the engine is ok, because I don't know what the (expletive) is going on," Patrick said.
Lap 43: Your top five after pit stops - Harvick, Biffle, Truex, Johnson and Mears.
Radio chatter on Lap 42: Danica is slowing. "I don't know what the (expletive) is going on"
Lap 41: Patrick, Stewart, a few others also pit. Lots of different strategies in play on pit road.
Lap 41: Bayne, Harvick, Mears, Truex, Biffle, Johnson pit. WOW! Bayne runs into a bit of the infield grass as he pits, should be OK though.
Lap 40: Keselowski, Montoya, Logano and Speed pit.
Lap 39: Gilliland pits.
Lap 38: Labonte pits.
Lap 37: Nemechek and Reutimann pit.
Lap 37: LEAD CHANGE - for the first time today, Kevin Harvick passes Trevor Bayne to take the top spot.
Lee Spencer notes on Lap 35: Patrick pitting in six laps...right side tires and fuel
Radio chatter on Lap 35: "Alright, we're back," Stewart said. "If I can't get anybody to help, I'll do it on my own"
Lap 34: With pit stops looming, we are seeing a lot more side-by-side racing (behind the top four racers).
Lee Spencer notes on Lap 32: The inside line wasnt working earlier but now five cars are down there led by Stewart
Radio chatter on Lap 30 (halfway): Race leader Trevor Bayne asks if they expect the whole field to come to pit road at the same time
Lap 29: Unless we have a caution, expect pit stops in the next 5-10 laps.
Rea White notes: Jimmie Johnson, in 15th, is the fastest driver on the track on Lap 26
Lap 25: FOX Sports cameras show that Jimmie Johnson gave David Reutimann a bit of a bump a few seconds ago, and Reutimann touched the wall slightly as a result.
Lap 23: Don't look now, but Tony Stewart is making a move from 16th - action is about to start picking up.
Radio chatter on Lap 22: Patrick: "Unless they check up, I might lose this pack a little bit. I stick out my hand if I thought it would help." Gibson replied, "Pedaling doesnt help either"
Lap 22: Apologies for the technical issues - it should be noted that Trevor Bayne has led every lap so far (not just 9)
Radio chatter on Lap 20: "It's getting a little bit tighter off both ends every lap," Keselowski said.
Radio chatter on Lap 19: Crew chief Gibson tells Patrick they'll make adjustments at the stop and she has 17 laps on her tires, she's doing fine
Lap 17: Brian Keselowski, the Cinderella story of Daytona a few years ago, has just been lapped. He's going to struggle to make the field this year.
Radio chatter on Lap 14: "Tell Tony (Stewart) I'm sorry I can't stay closer," Patrick said."But I'm having to lift"
Lap 12: After it was a little hairy earlier, drivers have settled into a single file for now.
Lap 11: Up front - your top five is Bayne, Mears, Truex, Keselowski and Logano.
Lap 11: Danica is all the way at the rear of the field now - likely out of trouble if it were to happen up front.
Radio chatter on Lap 8: Danica has been told to drop back.
Radio chatter on Lap 8: "225, 250 (degrees)" Stewart relays to the crew. "That change yesterday gave us just what we were looking for," Stewart said
Rea White says on Lap 6: Jimmie Johnson is testing out the draft from the middle lane. Johnson has struggled in the Daytona 500 in the years since his win there.
Lap 6: Polesitter Danica Patrick is back to seventh as the outside line is pulling away
Lap 5: That didn't take long - we are seeing three-wide racing behind the leaders!
Lap 4: Shout out to Casey Mears - who is running strong in third place right now.
Lap 3: Biffle, Edwards and Johnson are three-wide battling for ninth place!
Radio chatter on Lap 2: Dale Jr.: "I've got a problem, the splitter is all over the track real bad"
Lap 2: Bayne is getting help behind him from Denny Hamlin - they are out front of the pack.
Lap 1: Former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne shoots past Danica Patrick to lead the first lap!
GREEN FLAG! Danica Patrick leads the field at the start of Budweiser Duel race 1!
NASCAR drivers may have had some trouble in the drafting, but they are still figuring out the Gen-6 model. Jeff Hammond says just give them some time.
1 lap to green flag - reminder, today's races are each 60 laps, 150 miles.
Prerace radio chatter: Tony Stewart tells spotter Bob Jeffrey to tell Danica's spotter "remind her to go on the flag, not the restart line"...Message delivered
Prerace radio chatter: "Wave that thing hard for me Chris, it's going to take a while for me to get used to that color blue," Brad Keselowski says regarding his pit sign...spotter Joey Meier reminds Brad that he and crew chief Paul Wolfe are the only two that can hear him.
Prerace radio chatter: Danica Patrick: "You guys have done an awesome job all week, now it's time to do my job and learn as much as I can for Sunday."
2:08 p.m. ET: "Drivers, start your engines!"
Two drivers will start from the rear of the field in this Duel race: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya (both for engine changes).
What type of action will we see today? Matt Clark brings you the Sunoco Pit Strategy for the day.
2:03 p.m. ET: Prerace festivities are complete - it's time to go Duel racing at Daytona! Tune in to SPEED now and stay logged on for all the action.
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