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Daytona 500 qualifying provides relief for some

Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:15 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 4:36 pm
By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Several drivers can enjoy a few days in the Florida sun while other will spend their time worried about prospects for the Daytona 500 after Sunday's qualifying session.

There are, of course, pole-sitter Carl Edwards and second-place qualifier Greg Biffle, the only drivers locked into their starting positions for the 500. But defending Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, David Stremme, Tony Raines and veteran Terry Labonte can also breath a sigh of relief as they punched their ticket to next week's season-opening race.

Bayne's speed of 193.615 mph - the ninth best lap of the day - earned him a chance to try for a second straight win in "The Great American Race."

"This Wood Brothers team worked so hard this off-season to find us some speed and it showed today," said Bayne, who didn't take part in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout because the team didn't want to risk losing a potent race car. "To be able to know today we're in the race is a load off everyone's mind and now we can concentrate on getting our car race ready for next Sunday."

Upstarts Raines and Stremme also used speed to guarantee themselves into the 500, major accomplishments for drivers with two of the smaller teams in the garage area.

"We have like eight full-time crew members," said Stremme of the Inception Motorsports team. "I can't tell you how huge this is for us to get into the 500."

Labonte will use a past champion's provisional to take the green flag for the FasLane Racing organization.

On the other side of the coin are those who will now need to race their way into the biggest event of the year through one of Thursday's Gatorade Duel 150-mile races.

Kenny Wallace, Michael Waltrip, Bill Elliott and Dave Blaney - the Tommy Baldwin Racing driver who lost his Top 35 guaranteed starting spot in the team's "collborative partnership" with Stewart-Haas Racing that locked Danica Patrick into the 500 - are among those that will need good showings on Thursday or their Florida week will come to an end.

Daytona 500 qualifying speeds
Pos Driver No. Make Qual. Speed (mph)
1 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 194.738
2 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 194.087
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 194.028
4 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 193.999
5 Casey Mears 13 Ford 193.844
6 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 193.803
7 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 6 Ford 193.665
8 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 193.665
9 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 193.615
10 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 193.607
11 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 193.503
12 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 193.449
13 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 193.382
14 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 193.374
15 David Ragan 34 Ford 193.249
16 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 193.245
17 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 193.224
18 A.J. Allmendinger 22 Dodge 193.121
19 Brad Keselowski 2 Dodge 192.992
20 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 192.914
21 Joey Logano 20 Toyota 192.868
22 *Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 192.843
23 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 192.777
24 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 192.6
25 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 192.583
26 Tony Raines 26 Ford 192.534
27 David Stremme 30 Toyota 191.963
28 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 191.873
29 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 191.84
30 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 191.738
31 Kenny Wallace 9 Toyota 191.567
32 Terry Labonte 32 Ford 191.522
33 Dave Blaney 36 Chevrolet 191.506
34 Kurt Busch 51 Chevrolet 191.363
35 Elliott Sadler 33 Chevrolet 191.27
36 Michael Waltrip 40 Toyota 191.18
37 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 191.16
38 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 191.127
39 Regan Smith 78 Chevrolet 191.063
40 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 190.99
41 Landon Cassill 83 Toyota 190.605
42 David Gilliland 38 Ford 190.046
43 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 190.022
44 Bill Elliott 97 Toyota 189.95
45 Mike Wallace 37 Ford 189.853
46 David Reutimann 93 Toyota 189.235
47 Robert Richardson Jr. 23 Toyota 188.438
48 Robby Gordon 7 Dodge 188.229
49 J.J. Yeley 49 Toyota 187.954

Note: * - Clint Bowyer's car failed post-qualifying inspection and his speed will be disallowed.

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:20 am

Daytona 500 qualifying provides relief for some

Mikey will be fine.  He might not be all that good anywhere else, but he can still bring it at Daytona and Talladega when the plates are adjusted toward pack racing and drafting, as they are this year.  Now that they have gotten rid of the love bugs and back to the pack, I expect to see anyone who has every worked with the Earnhardt, Childress, and Hendrick teams to run very well.  

Back to Mikey, he might not have the best equipment for this race, but he can make up for it with his knowledge of how to draft in this style of race.   We'll see if he still has the reflexes to pull off a nice finish.  

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:04 am

Daytona 500 qualifying provides relief for some

Ahh, that explains it. I was just reading this: 

But defending Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, David Stremme, Tony Raines and veteran Terry Labonte can also breath a sigh of relief as they punched their ticket to next week's season-opening race. 

Terry Labonte breathed a sigh of relief after the entry list was finalized. It's not like he just found out after qualifying he would make the race.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:42 pm

Daytona 500 qualifying provides relief for some

Terry Labonte did not make it on time. He used the provisional. Bayne, Raines and Stremme made it on time. If he takes a transfer spot in the duel then Bill Elliott gets the provisional if he doesnt win a transfer spot.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Daytona 500 qualifying provides relief for some

Since Terry Labonte is making the race on time, Bill Elliott is actually locked in due to the Past Champion's provisional.

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:06 pm

Daytona 500 qualifying provides relief for some

Any NASCAR race that has Robby Gordon out of the lineup is a good race!  He damn near ruined last year's 500!!

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