Tag:Gatorade Duels
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:47 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 7:27 pm

VIDEO: Danica Patrick crashes on last lap of Duel

Posted by Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Danica Patrick's first appearance in the Gatorade Duel at Daytona ended violently with a hard crash into the backstretch inside wall.

Patrick climbed from her car uninjured in the vicious crash and gave her view of what took place after she made on track contact with Aric Almirola.

“It happened really quickly," Patrick explained.  "I guess you can always imagine when you get down to the end of the race everyone is on each other’s doors really close.  It’s just kind of what happens at the end of the race.  Unfortunately, I was part of it.  I felt like I was having at least a solid race.  I worked my way up there at the beginning a little bit; hung around in the front group for a while.  I felt like it kind of slowed down I was dragging the brake a little bit just to keep with the pack and not run up to them too quickly.  I don’t know if that had any affect.  We were just looking to finish to be honest; unfortunately that was not the case.”

Patrick ran inside the top ten for some of Thursday's first 60-lap qualifying race but wasn't really a challenger for the lead or win. Still she feels the day was part of her learning process and she'll try to take something away from the experience including the crash.

“I’m betting that everybody that was watching on TV probably had the best look," Patrick said. "From my perspective it was obviously the last lap and the bottom lane started moving well so that is where I was.  We were just getting our run down the back and all of a sudden I got hit.  I’m betting that somebody also got hit outside of me, is what I’m betting.

"I’m going to have to look.  It was just a chain reaction every person that gets hit, next and next and next.  It gets bigger and bigger.  It felt like a pretty big hit so I don’t know what it looked like.  I’m really just bummed out that we didn’t finish the last two corners.  Instead we have a Go Daddy car in the wall and lots of damage and I’m sure a back-up.  But, what I said was maybe the back-up car will be faster.”

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Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:03 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 6:12 pm

2012 Gatorade Duel starting lineups

Starting lineups for Thursday's Gatorade Duels. Green flag for Duel 1 scheduled for 2:19 p.m. ET; Duel 2 approximately 4 p.m. ET.


Gatorade Duel 1 Lineup
Pos. No. Driver Make
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford
5 21 Trevor Bayne Ford
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
7 43 Aric Almirola Ford
8 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
9 34 David Ragan Ford
10 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge
11 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
14 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet
15 30 David Stremme Toyota
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
17 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet
18 32 Terry Labonte Ford
19 140 Michael Waltrip Toyota
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
21 98 Michael McDowell Ford
22 83 Landon Cassill Toyota
23 38 David Gilliland Ford
24 37 Mike Wallace Ford
25 7 Robby Gordon Dodge

Gatorade Duel 2 Lineup
Pos. No. Driver Make
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford
2 13 Casey Mears Ford
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
4 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
5 55 Mark Martin Toyota
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
7 17 Matt Kenseth Ford
8 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
11 26 Tony Raines Ford
12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota
13 109 Kenny Wallace Toyota
14 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
15 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
16 33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet
17 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet
19 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
20 97 Bill Elliott Toyota
21 93 David Reutimann Toyota
22 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota
23 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota
24 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota

Posted on: February 17, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 7:32 pm

Audio tracks: Gatorade Duels

Listen to what drivers were saying after Thursday's Gatorade Duels...

Duel 1 winner Kurt Busch and crew chief Steve Addington (18 minutes, 17 seconds)

Duel 2 winner Jeff Burton and car owner Richard Childress (20 minutes)

Duel 1 transfers Bill Elliot and J.J. Yeley (26 minutes, 26 seconds)

Dave Blaney, Brian Keselowski, Joe Nemechek (16 minutes, 22 seconds)

Michael Waltrip and Travis Kvapil (17 minutes, 5 seconds)

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