Gatorade Duels

2008 Gatorade Duels

The 2008 Gatorade Duels were a pair of qualifying races for the 2008 Daytona 500, and was held on February 14, 2008 at the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The races set the field for the 50th running of "The Great American Race". These races are the only ones in the NASCAR Sprint Cup that qualifies drivers and their teams for a points-paying race. As qualifying only sets the front row for the Daytona 500, these races are formatted as follows:

  • The pole sitter for the Daytona 500 (Jimmie Johnson) was on the point for the first race, with odd-numbered racers who have times in the first event, with the third fastest driver sitting next to the pole sitter on the front row, then fifth and seventh fastest drivers in the second row, and so on.
  • The second fastest overall driver (Michael Waltrip) was the pole sitter for race two, with the fourth fastest driver alongside in the front row, then the sixth and eighth fastest cars in row two, and so forth.

Positions three through 39 were filled that way (not counting the pole drivers in each race) along with the top top drivers in each race not locked in from the previous season's Top 35, automatically qualify for the race. After that, the three fastest cars that did not qualify in the races along with a past champions provisional (if needed) completes the 43-car field. Had all past champions made the race, the next fastest car would have been entered into the field.

Top Ten Finishers

Drivers in boldface qualified for Daytona 500.

Race 1

Pos. Car # Driver Car Make Team
1 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports

41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
4 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Petty Enterprises
7 42 J.P. Montoya Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
8 87 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing
9 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge Penske Racing
10 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

Also Making Daytona 500: Brian Vickers (Red Bull Racing Toyota #83.)

Race 2

(NOTE: Race extended to 64 laps due to green-white-checker finish.)

Pos. Car # Driver Car Make Team
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
5 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
6 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
10 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports

Failed to make Daytona 500:

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