Gatorade Duel 2: Teammates?! What Teammates?!
The second Gatorade Duel proved that this group of drivers learned something from the first race; drive cautiously so you don't bring home a tore up race car.
Greg Biffle started on the pole but lost the lead on lap five when Matt Kenseth took point from his Roush Fenway Racing teammate. At the same time, JJ Yeley was going behind the wall due to engine problems. His hope to make the Daytona 500 went up in smoke.
Kenseth lead until lap 13 when Joey Logano passed with help from his teammate Kyle Busch. Busch then took the lead himself on lap 18.
Not until lap 23 did we have another pass for the lead when Biffle went back to the front. The race stayed that way until green flag it stops began on lap 41.
As in the first Gatorade Duel, there was one driver penalized for a pit road infraction. This time Kurt Busch had to serve a pass through penalty for speeding down pit road.
The race began to play out exact opposite of the first race, single file. For some drivers it was because they don't want to destroy their Daytona 500 car and for some it was due to overheating issues.
As we come to the final lap, action picks up with Jimmoe Johnson pushing Kenseth to the lead. Biffle tried to slide in front of him to block. Kenseth was able to slide around Biffle to take the lead.
With a lot of bumping and banging behind him; Matt Kenseth takes the checkered flag with the help of Johnson who wound up third. Regan Smith finished in second.
The two drivers earning transfer spots from this race are Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek.
The drivers packing and going home today are Kenny Wallace, Mike Wallace, Robert Richardson Jr, Michael Waltrip, JJ Yeley, and Bill Elliott.
The field for Sunday's Daytona 500 is set. Are you ready?
Check out the full field here