2010 Gatorade Duels

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The 2010 Gatorade Duels were two 150 miles (240 km) qualifying races for the 2010 Daytona 500 held on February 11, 2010 at the 2.5 miles (4.0 km) Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The races determined the field for the race on Sunday, February 14, 2010. Prior to the Duels, only two drivers had their starting positions locked into the 500, they were pole-sitter Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek, Scott Speed, and Bobby Labonte were the four fastest non-top 35 drivers, thus locked in.

Race 1 and 2 results[edit]

Top Ten Finishers
Race 1 Race 2
Finish Car No. Driver Finish Car No. Driver
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 9 Kasey Kahne
2 29 Kevin Harvick 2 14 Tony Stewart
3 18 Kyle Busch 3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya
4 33 Clint Bowyer 4 2 Kurt Busch
5 78 Regan Smith 5 19 Elliott Sadler
6 1 Jamie McMurray 6 56 Martin Truex Jr.
7 43 A. J. Allmendinger 7 20 Joey Logano
8 39 Ryan Newman 8 47 Marcos Ambrose
9 6 David Ragan 9 00 David Reutimann
10 24 Jeff Gordon 10 83 Brian Vickers
11 16 Greg Biffle 11 17 Matt Kenseth

Made the field[edit]

Top Ten Finishers
Race 1 Race 2
55-Michael McDowell 36-Mike Bliss
13-Max Papis 82-Scott Speed
51-Michael Waltrip

Did not qualify[edit]

Did not qualify
97-Jeff Fuller 32-Reed Sorenson 46-Terry Cook 27-Todd Bodine 66-Dave Blaney 57-Norm Benning
90-Casey Mears 75-Derrike Cope 09-Aric Almirola 49-David Gilliland 92-Mike Wallace

Transfer Spots[edit]

In each duel, the two highest-finishing drivers not in the top 35 of the previous year's owners points earned a place in the Daytona 500. In the second race, Scott Speed earned a place in addition to being one of the four fastest non top 35 drivers. Therefore, an extra place opened for the fifth fastest qualifier and thus Michael Waltrip was awarded a spot in the race.

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