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Danica Patrick to Lose Her Starting Spot at Daytona?

55th Daytona 500 - Practice (Getty Images)
55th Daytona 500 – Practice (Getty Images)

They used to be called the Gatorade Duels. With a new sponsor (Budweiser) and a new car, today will tell us a lot about what we can expect Sunday. Will Danica stay in her starting spot? It’s at stake today.The rules are, if you wreck and can’t use the car you qualified in, you move to the back of the pack. That would mean if Danica tears her car up bad enough, they must go to the back up car and thus she would lose her Pole Position! According to her Crew Chief..

“You don’t want to take the chance of wrecking the car,” Gibson said. “Nobody does. But sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it.”

One thing is for sure, Danica has brought a lot of attention to a sport that has been struggling to build and keep their fan base. I am very excited for this weekend’s events!!

Here is the lineup from NASCAR.

BUDWEISER DUEL NO. 1 STARTING LINEUP

ROW 1 — Danica Patrick, Trevor Bayne
ROW 2 — Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin
ROW 3 — Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
ROW 4 — Juan Pablo Montoya, Casey Mears
ROW 5 — Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr.
ROW 6 — Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski
ROW 7 — Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle
ROW 8 — David Gilliland, Michael Waltrip
ROW 9 — Kurt Busch, Scott Speed
ROW 10 — Regan Smith, Bobby Labonte
ROW 11 — David Reutimann, Joe Nemechek
ROW 12 — Brian Keselowski

BUDWEISER DUEL NO. 2 STARTING LINEUP

ROW 1 — Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman
ROW 2 — Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch
ROW 3 — Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
ROW 4 — Paul Menard, Austin Dillon
ROW 5 — Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton
ROW 6 — Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose
ROW 7 — Aric Almirola, Mark Martin
ROW 8 — David Ragan, Josh Wise
ROW 9 — Michael McDowell, Terry Labonte
ROW 10 — Dave Blaney, JJ Yeley
ROW 11 — Travis Kvapil, Mike Bliss

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