Hendrick teams dominate Duels as Patrick makes the field at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt won the first Duel at Daytona Thursday, (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt won the first Duel at Daytona Thursday, (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt won the first Duel at Daytona Thursday, (Getty Images)

The lessons learned Thursday include the continued dominance of Hendrick Motorsports, who will race in Sunday’s Daytona 500 and that Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin may now have a very strained friendship.  NASCAR set the field for the 2015 Daytona 500 Thursday night with the running of the Duel qualifying races. The 150 mile races set the field for Sunday’s season opening race and provided a bit of drama along the way. Six drivers failed to make the field, but Patrick will race despite a late race scare.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the first Duel working his way quickly through the field after starting in last place and taking the lead for the final time with five laps to go. Earnhardt was forced to start from the back of the field after his time was disallowed by NASCAR for his Chevy being too low after qualifying last Sunday. He took the lead for the first time on lap 35 and went onto win his fourth career Duel qualifying race.

“I’m so glad to be able to get through the Duel in one piece because I know how good this race car is,” Earnhardt said. MORE>>>

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