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Daytona 500 - Daytona International Speedway

Gordon Wins Third Daytona 500
Jeff Gordon held off last season’s champion to win the season-opening Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway, posting his 70th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory. In an exciting green-white-checkered-finish, Gordon outran Kurt Busch to the finish line by .158 seconds to win the 47th running of the Great American Race, scoring his 70th career victory in his 402nd start. For Gordon, it was his third trip to victory lane in the Daytona 500, becoming just the fifth driver to win the race three or more times. Gordon has now won a total of six races at Daytona International Speedway and three of the circuit’s last four restrictor-plate races. Gordon has now won a race in 12 consecutive seasons, dating back to 1994. Tony Stewart led the most laps for the second year in a row, pacing the field seven times for a total of 107 laps, only to fall short once again. Gordon led twice for a total of 29 laps but led the most important one, the checkered flag lap. With his runner-up finish, Kurt Busch equaled his best Daytona finish, set previously in 2003. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2004 Daytona 500 Champion, crossed the finish line in third, his fourth consecutive top-ten finish at Daytona. Scott Riggs scored his career-best finish with a fourth-place effort and Jimmie Johnson ended his day in fifth. The lead changed hands 22 times among 12 drivers and the field was slowed 11 times for 45 yellow-flag laps.

Daytona 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Happy Hour
· Dodge Final Practice Quotes
· Ford Final Practice Quotes
· Chevrolet Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 5
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Starting Lineup Graphic
· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 2 Results
· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 1 Results
· Chevrolet Duel Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Duel Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Duel Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Duel Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Wednesday Quotes
· Ford Wednesday Quotes
· Dodge Wednesday Quotes
· Practice 4
· Practice 3
· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 1 Lineup
· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 2 Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 2
· Practice 1
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Kerry Earnhardt Notes
· Boris Said Notes
· Eric McClure Notes
· Dodge Media Day Quotes
· Chevrolet Media Day Quotes
· Ford Media Day Quotes
· Inspection Day Quotes
· Race Notes
· Entry List
· Speedweeks Schedule
· Rookie Saturday Practice Quotes
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Joe Nemechek Qualifying Notes
· Scott Riggs Qualifying Notes
· Boris Said Qualifying Notes

Waltrip, Stewart Capture Gatorade Duel at Daytona Wins
Michael Waltrip and Tony Stewart won their respective Gatorade Duel at Daytona 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. Waltrip edged teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by a mere .03 seconds to win the inaugural Gatorade Duel at Daytona, taking the checkered flag in race number one on the day. Mike Skinner raced his way into the 500 with a third-place finish in the first
Duel, while Ryan Newman and Ricky Rudd rounded out the top five. Thursday’s second event featured “the big one” when the second-place car of Kevin Harvick made contact with leader Jimmie Johnson on lap 35. Stewart survived and was able to hold off Jeff Burton to take the win. Kevin Lepage finished a surprising third, making the field for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, as did 2004 Busch champion Martin Truex Jr., who finished fourth.

· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 1 Results
· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 2 Results

Jarrett Captures Third Daytona 500 Pole
The Bud Pole position for NASCAR’s biggest event was won by a familiar face. Dale Jarrett, a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 at the famed Daytona International Speedway, lapped the superspeedway in 47.793 seconds at an average speed of 188.312 mph, to lock in his front row starting position for the Great American Race on Sunday. The pole position is the fourth for Jarrett at Daytona, third in the Daytona 500, and the 16th of his career. The Daytona 500 has been won from the pole position nine times in the 46 previous events, most recently by Dale Jarrett in 2000. The pole is the second consecutive for Jarrett during Speedweeks, he also drew the pole position for the Budweiser Shootout. Jimmie Johnson had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 47.829 seconds at 188.170 mph and will join Jarrett on the front row, making his fourth top-10 start in seven races at Daytona. The front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineups for the Gatorade Duel qualifying races were set by today’s qualifying. The participating highest-ranked 35 in car owner points from 2004 will be guaranteed a starting spot in the Gatorade Duel races and the 2005 Daytona 500.

 

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