Daytona 500 Starting Lineup Is Set

NASCAR's warning about bump drafting was taken to heart by drivers in yesterday's Gatorade Duels. Elliot Sadler took the checkered flag in the first race in the #38 M&M's Ford. Jeff Gordon, already on the outside pole, cruised to what appeared to be an easy win in the second race. Drivers seems cautious, wanting to protect their cars and not incur the wrath of NASCAR officials, which made the rain-delayed races somewhat dull to watch, at least to me. I guess it is what it is. No one got hurt and now the starting lineup for the 500 is set.

Here are unofficial results, courtesy of First duel; Second Duel.

Also, here's the starting lineup for the GM Flex Fuel, 250, tonight's Craftsman Truck series race. Mark Martin's on the pole. They race at 8.

The sprinkles that kept the cars off the track yesterday gave me more time to hang out and chat with fans under the front stretch grandstands, get fan opinions on the new Daytona 500 cologne, and meet the self-proclaimed NASCAR princesses on a tram ride back to the infield. I'll be posting some nice photos and relating their great stories shortly.

By Mike Snyder |  February 17, 2006; 7:10 AM ET  | Category:  News/Results
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Ooh, Scott Riggs didn't get in.

Not good for those guys.


Posted by: bc | February 17, 2006 09:23 AM

Hey Mike, any word on whether the 88 team is fixing DJ's car or getting the backup? I missed the first 150, so I didn't see how bad the wreck was. I hope it can be fixed....Yates is looking GOOD this season.

Posted by: DJ Fan | February 17, 2006 12:14 PM

DJ Fan, I believe that Yates will have The Truck up and running, look for it in the race (well, during the commercials, anyway).


Posted by: bc | February 17, 2006 04:13 PM

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