Daytona 500 Qualifying

 The Budweiser Duels, formerly known as the Gatorade Duels, are a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held annually in February at Daytona International Speedway. They consist of two 150-mile races, which serve as a qualifying race for the Daytona 500. The finishing order in the two 150-mile races, held on the Thursday before the Daytona 500, determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 held on Sunday.

Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unique in NASCAR. Only the two front row starters are determined by the unique qualifying process of single-car better of two timed laps. After the top two positions are locked in, the rest of the starting grid is set by the finishing order of these two races. All drivers participate in one of the two races, including the drivers who locked their positions on the front row from qualifying. The first duel includes the drivers who qualified in the odd positions. The top 14 in the race is how the inside lane will start during the Daytona 500, provided after the one engine change allowed in Friday's first practice, they do not have to change an engine.

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