Earnhardt Ganassi Racing - Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race results - Day end report

MINNEAPOLIS - February 23, 2012
First Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying Race Final Results (w/ starting position)
P1       Tony Stewart, No. 14 Chevrolet (6)
P10      Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet (16)
P19      Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet (14)
 
Second Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying Race Final Results (w/ starting position)
P1        Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Ford (7)
P2        Regan Smith, No. 78 Chevrolet (18)
P3        Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet (6)
 
Today’s Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying Races determined the starting positions for the Daytona 500 this Sunday.
  • The front row starting positions are the only two locked-in for the Daytona 500, regardless of the finishing order of today’s qualifying races
  • Juan Pablo Montoya was caught up in an early race accident that ended his day within the first 10 laps.  The No. 42 Target team will be forced to use their backup car for the Daytona 500
  • By virtue of today’s finishing order the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet will start the Daytona 500 in the 19th–position and the Target will start in the 39th-position
Quotes:
 
Jamie McMurray:
“We weren’t sitting in the right position there at the end. I’m hoping NASCAR will open up the grill a little bit more because it was a little hard to race because you got too hot. If you were trying to push cars early on, it just got too hot. Once you pop that PRV off, it is over. You can’t push the rest of the day. So, I popped mine off a little too early in the race. It is still better than the tandem thing.”
 
Juan Pablo Montoya:
“You know it is a shame.  Everybody on this Target team and Chevy everybody involved in this program has worked so hard.  We had an awesome race car.  It’s tough to lose one like that.”  
 
Next up will be two practice sessions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams on Friday 11am-12pm and 12:30pm-1:55pm.  SPEED will have coverage from both sessions  here at Daytona International Speedway. 
 
Be sure to follow us for up-to-the-minute updates on Twitter @EGRTeams throughout the weekend.

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