Budweiser Duel

125 Mile Qualifying Races ( 1969-1980 )

UNO Twin 125 Qualifier ( 1981-1984 )

7 -Eleven Twins (1985-1987 )

Twin 125 Qualifiers ( 1988-1989)

Gatorade Twin 125 Qualifiers ( 1991-1993)

Gatorade Twin 125s (1994-1996)

Gatorade 125s (1997-2004 ) Gatorade Duel ( 2005-2012)

The Budweiser Duels (formerly known as Gatorade Duels, ) are the qualifying race for the Daytona 500, which is NASCAR Sprint Cup discharged in February at the Daytona International Speedway. There are two 150- mile race ( 251 km ), the aim of enemas determine the starting order of the Daytona 500.

  • 2.1 Procedure of Duels by 2005
  • 2.2 Sequence of Duels since 2005


From the first official Daytona 500 in 1959, the starting order was determined by two short races, each of which is 100 miles ( 40 laps ) were long. These races back then were still a normal point races and were thus decisive for the outcome of the championship. Premiums, however, were awarded separately from the premium of the Daytona 500. Only in 1972 it changed the rules so that it was for which there were no points race. The premiums, however, were still awarded separately.

In 1968, the race should be extended to 125 laps, but then had to be canceled due to rain. In 1969, the first race with a length of 125 miles was run (50 laps). This changed the pit strategy because now refueling stops were necessary.

In the early 1980s the duels on television began the U.S. television network CBS in order to transfer. They were broadcast on the eve of the Daytona 500 edited.

In 1988, the Restrictor Plates, which should reduce the speeds were introduced, it was again possible for the driver a race without a pit stop to finish. In the period from 1988 to 2004, the last year in which the distance was driven 125 miles, went nine duels without caution period to end and each time made ​​the winner no pit stop.

As of 2001, the races were broadcast live on television. Here, the FOX and NBC alternated annually.

In 2005, the race was extended to 150 miles, which meant that every driver had to come in the box again. The format has been changed slightly and the duels were given the name " Gatorade Duels ".


In 2007, the Gatorade Duels, which were first broadcast on Speed ​​TV, marked by scandals.

In pole qualifying, which was held on the Sunday before the Daytona 500, noticed that prohibited changes were made ​​to the cars by Scott Riggs (# 10) and Elliott Sadler (# 19). Both lost 25 points in the driver and owner points standings. In addition, the crew chiefs were sentenced to a fine of U.S. $ 25,000 and banned for two races. Kasey Kahne 's teammate Riggs and Sadler, and Matt Kenseth were also punished for illegal modifications. Since it was a harder case, but they lost the same 50 points in the driver and owner points standings. In addition, the crew chiefs were sentenced to a fine of $ 50,000 and suspended for four races.

Three days after the pole qualifying, on 14 February 2007, were David Hyder, the crew chief for Michael Waltrip (# 55) and Bobby Kennedy, who as a "Competition Director" the same for all vehicles of the team ( # 00, # 44, # 55) was in charge, sent by NASCAR officials of the track. NASCAR justified this by saying that a prohibited substance was found in Waltrips gasoline. On the same day NASCAR officially announced that Hyder and Kennedy are blocked indefinitely.

Michael Waltrip (# 55) lost 100 points in the driver and owner points standings. He also had to compete with the spare car in the Gatorade Duel qualifying but managed anyway. Hyder had to pay a fine of U.S. $ 100,000. Because he fact that this happened at the beginning of the season, Waltrip was only the second driver who had a negative score. Only on 4 June 2007 he was able to re- qualify for a race and bring his score in the positive range.

The first Gatorade Duel went to Tony Stewart (# 20), who led 37 laps. Second place went to Dale Earnhardt Jr. (# 8 ) in front of Jeff Burton (# 31), which started from pole David Gilliland (# 38) and Denny Hamlin (# 11).

The following participants in the first duel did not qualify for the Daytona 500 2007: Ward Burton (# 4), Stanton Barrett (# 30), Jeremy Mayfield (# 36), Bill Elliott (# 37), Mike Bliss (# 49), James Hylton (# 58), Brandon Whitt (# 72), Kenny Wallace (# 78), AJ Allmendinger (# 84).

The second Gatorade Duel won Jeff Gordon (# 24 ), but he was transferred to the race at the 42nd starting position to the rear, because the car was too low. However, there was no point or fines. Second was Kurt Busch ( # 2) to David Stremme (# 40), who landed a surprise at No. 3. In the squares 4 and 5 followed Kyle Busch ( # 5 ) and Matt Kenseth (# 17). The rookie Juan Pablo Montoya (# 42) led the race 18 laps, but had to retire due to a suspension problem.

The following participants of the second duel did not qualify for the Daytona 500 2007: Eric McClure (# 04 ), Paul Menard (# 15), Mike Skinner (# 23), Kirk Shelmerdine (# 27), Kevin Lepage (# 34), Regan Smith (# 39 ), Frank Kimmel (# 71), Derrike Cope (# 74), Brian Vickers (# 83).


Even before the Gatorade Duels the Pole qualifying takes place. Each car can drive in this two qualifying rounds, which is the fastest one. The fastest driver is automatically set for the race and may start from the pole position. The second fastest driver is also set. It starts in the " Outside Pole " is thus the first vehicle in the outer line. All other drivers must qualify by the Gatorade Duels. The two directly qualified drivers are allowed to start in the Gatorade Duels but also so that they have just as much time on the track and are not disadvantaged.

Expiry of Duels by 2005

  • The 14 top-ranked riders from each duel was set for the Daytona 500. The Top 14 of the first duel started on the inner line in the rows 2-15, the top 14 of the second duel on the outer line in the rows 2-15. In the first set the two fastest of pole qualifying stood.
  • The classification of the starting position 30-43 has been amended several times. By 1995, the positions were taken 31 to 40 of the fastest remaining drivers of pole qualifying. From 1995 to 1997, positions 31 to 38 and from 1998 to 2003, positions 31 to 36 in 2004, it was again the positions 31 to 38 are reset.
  • The remaining positions were occupied by the top ranked cars in the owner points standings last year. Until 1994, this was the position 41 and 42, and from 1995 to 1997 39 to 42 and from 1998 to 2003, the position 37 to 42
  • The 43rd starting position was reserved for a non-qualified former Winston Cup champion. There was not a former champion outside of the recessed panel, this position went to the next best pilot, who was not qualified.

Expiry of Duels since 2005

  • In the Gatorade Duels the cars after the "Owner Points" of the preseason will be placed. These are the points that has brought in the previous season a particular car number. First the cars are set, which had a position in the Top 35. The top 35 teams are set safe for the race. All cars with an odd position start in the first Gatorade Duel, all the cars with an even position in the second Gatorade Duel.
  • The other car, which are not within the top 35 of the Owner Points are then divided according to the same system in the Duels.
  • The starting order is given by the qualifying times in the "Pole qualifying "
  • The fastest of pole qualifying is on pole position in the first duel, second fastest on pole position in the second duel.
  • The top 35 of the preseason are safe for the Daytona 500 qualifying, regardless of the final outcome. For them, it just goes to the start position.
  • The two best non- top 35 drivers from each Duel 500 safely qualified for the Daytona. The driver of the first duel start on the inner line of the second duel on the outer line.
  • The remaining positions are occupied by the fastest non-qualified non- top 35 drivers of pole qualifying. This is to prevent that a driver, the qualification does not create due to a accident in which he was probably not even guilty.

All winners of the Gatorade Duels