Drama at the end of the Duels as field is set for Daytona 500

ustin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.(Getty Images)
ustin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.(Getty Images)
ustin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.(Getty Images)

The Duel qualifying races used to set the field for the Daytona 500 ran under the lights for the first time Thursday night. For 299.5 miles there was great racing but very little drama; that happened in the last few feet.

Matt Kenseth led 31 of 60 caution free laps to win the first Duel in a thrilling three wide finish.  The second Duel, won by Denny Hamlin was just as sedate, that was until the final lap.

Daytona 500 pole sitter Matt Dillon held the lead at the start of the first Duel. MORE>>>

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