Gatorade Duel Odds: Races on Thursday Afternoon for Duel 1 and 2
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
The Budweiser Shootout has been contested and the front row for the Daytona 500 has been locked in, so next up on the NASCAR betting menu for this week are the two Gatorade Duel races on Thursday afternoon.
Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle had the two fastest times in qualifying over the weekend, so they'll be in the front row when the Daytona 500 gets underway on Sunday afternoon. As well, they'll each start out in front for one of the Gatorade Duel races on Thursday.
Edwards, who had the fastest time over the weekend and will be the pole sitter for the Daytona 500, leads the way for Gatorade Duel 1 on Thursday. His Duel race will feature 25 drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin.
Biffle will be out front for Gatorade Duel 2 on Thursday afternoon, and his field for the day contains just 24 drivers. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, and Kurt Busch are all part of that second Duel race as well.
The results of Thursday's Gatorade Duel races will determine the order of the rest of the starting grid for the Daytona 500 this weekend. As well, it'll serve as a qualifying event for drivers who have still not clinched a spot in the 43-car field for Sunday's big race.
Each Gatorade Duel race is 150 miles, and they get underway at 1:00pm ET on Thursday.
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