Thursday’s Budweiser Duels set to shake out starting order

After the front row was set for the 56th Daytona 500, a new questions arises: how will the rest of the field line up? This is where the Budweiser Duels come in; formally known as the Gatorade Duels, the two races are back-to-back, 150-mile races that line up based on the times posted in Sunday’s qualifying session. The first duel includes the polesitter, Austin Dillon, and the rest are drivers who qualified in the odd positions, such as third, fifth, seventh, and so on. The outside polesitter, Martin Truex Jr., will lead the even (fourth, sixth, eighth, ect.) cars to the green after the first event. Participants are listed below in their respective race.

It must be noted that Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, and Danica Patrick will head to the back of their Duel race and the Daytona 500 this coming Sunday. All three lost engines during Saturday’s practice session for qualifying. Because they replaced the engines, it was deemed as “unapproved adjustments” by NASCAR. An asterisk denotes heading to the back.

Budweiser Duel No. 1:

1. Austin Dillon, No. 3, Richard Childress Racing
2. Greg Biffle, No. 16, Roush Fenway Racing
3. Ryan Newman, No. 31, Richard Childress Racing
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88, Hendrick Motorsports
5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing
6. Marcos Ambrose, No. 9, Richard Petty Motorsports
7. Aric Almirola, No. 43, Richard Petty Motorsports
8. Joey Logano, No. 22, Team Penske
9. Matt Kenseth, No. 20, Joe Gibbs Racing
10. Kasey Kahne, No. 5, Hendrick Motorsports
11. Kevin Harvick, No. 4, Stewart Haas Racing
12. *Danica Patrick, No. 10, Stewart Haas Racing
13. AJ Allmendinger, No. 47, JTG Daugherty Racing
14. Reed Sorenson, No. 36, Tommy Baldwin Racing
15. David Gilliland, No. 38, Front Row Motorsports
16. Parker Kligerman, No. 30, Swan Racing
17. *Tony Stewart, No. 14, Stewart Haas Racing
18. Brian Vickers, No. 55, Michael Waltrip Racing
19. Cole Whitt, No. 26, Swan Racing
20. Michael McDowell, No. 95, Levine Family Racing
21. Josh Wise, No. 98, Phil Parson Racing
22. Joe Nemechek, No. 87, Identity Ventures Racing
23. Alex Bowman, No. 23, BK Racing
24. Dave Blaney, No. 77, Randy Humphrey Racing

Budweiser Duel No. 2:

1. Martin Truex Jr., No. 78, Furniture Row Racing
2. Carl Edwards, No. 99, Roush Fenway Racing
3. Brad Keselowski, No. 2, Team Penske
4. Jeff Gordon, No. 24, Hendrick Motorsports
5. Paul Menard, No. 27, Richard Childress Racing
6. Brian Scott, No. 33, Richard Childress Racing
7. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48, Hendrick Motorsports
8. Casey Mears, No. 13, Germain Racing
9. Michael Annett, No. 7, Tommy Baldwin Racing
10. Clint Bowyer, No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing
11. Denny Hamlin, No. 11, Joe Gibbs Racing
12. Kyle Larson, No. 42, Chip Ganassi Racing
13. Trevor Bayne, No. 21, Wood Brothers Racing
14. Kurt Busch, No. 41, Stewart Haas Racing
15. Justin Allgaier, No. 51, Phoenix Racing
16. Landon Cassill, No. 40, Mike Hillman Racing
17. Michael Waltrip, No. 66, Michael Waltrip Racing
18. Eric McClure, No. 35, Front Row Motorsports
19. Jamie McMurray, No. 1, Chip Ganassi Racing
20. David Ragan, No. 34, Front Row Motorsports
21. Terry Labonte, No. 32, Go FAS Racing
22. *Bobby Labonte, No. 52, Phoenix Racing
23. Ryan Truex, No. 83, BK Racing
24. Morgan Shepherd, No. 93, MacDonald Motorsports
The duels begin at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20th. They will be broadcasted on Fox Sports One.

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