The Budweiser Duel at Daytona, which took place Thursday night, February 20 at Daytona International Speedway, set the field for the 56th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, going green Sunday, February 23. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin won their respective races, placing them in the second row on Sunday, behind pole sitter Austin Dillon and outside pole sitter Martin Truex Jr.
Row 1: Austin Dillon and Martin Truex Jr.
Row 2: Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin
Row 3: Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon
Row 4: Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch
Row 5: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Paul Menard
Row 6: Josh Wise and Brian Scott
Row 7: Aric Almirola and Trevor Bayne
Row 8: AJ Allmendinger and Kyle Larson
Row 9: David Gilliland and Landon Cassill
Row 10: Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer
Row 11: Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray
Row 12: Cole Whitt and Terry Labonte
Row 13: Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte
Row 14: Danica Patrick and Casey Mears
Row 15: Alex Bowman and Carl Edwards
Row 16: Brian Vickers and Jimmie Johnson
Row 17: Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 18: Joey Logano and Michael Annett
Row 19: Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick
Row 20: Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier
Row 21: Parker Kligerman and Michael Waltrip
Row 22: David Ragan
Did not qualify: Ryan Truex, Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, Morgan Shepherd, Eric McClure and Dave Blaney
Austin Dillon on winning the pole: “It brings some momentum into our season already to show that RCR (Richard Childress Racing) cars have speed, and I’m so happy to be working with Gil (Martin, crew chief) and all of our guys. I sat down at the test at Nashville we had, and it was fun just to sit back and watch them work. They’re so experienced and good at what they do. I know I’m the young guy out of the group, the rookie of the group, and I really think I’m going to learn a lot this year from these guys.”
Martin Truex Jr. on his outside-pole run: “It means a ton to me. Obviously going to a new team, this is the kind of thing that you look for. Can’t say how proud I am of Todd (Berrier, crew chief) and Cole and Barney and everybody at Furniture Row Racing for what they’ve been able to do, and it’s pretty amazing to not test, run one run yesterday, literally this was only the second time the car had been on the racetrack, and just shows what kind of race cars this team builds, and just proud to be the one holding the gas on the floor today.”
The Daytona 500 can be seen Sunday on FOX beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
Sources: “Transcript: Martin Truex Jr. and Todd Berrier at Daytona 500 Qualifying,” NASCAR Media, February 16, 2014
“Transcript: Austin Dillon, Gill Martin and Richard Childress at Daytona 500 Qualifying,” NASCAR Media, February 16, 2014