Gatorade Duel Races Result in Sixth-Place Finishes for Montoya and McMurray
Gatorade Duel One Results
1. Kurt Busch, No. 22 Dodge
2. Regan Smith, No. 48 Chevrolet
3. Kevin Harvick, No.29 Chevrolet6. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Gatorade Duel Two Results
1. Jeff Burton, No.31 Chevrolet
2. Clint Bowyer, No.33 Chevrolet
3. Michael Waltrip, No.15 Toyota
6. Jamie McMurray, No.1 Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Chevrolet
Daytona Beach, FL. (February 17, 2011) – After qualifying set the front row for the 53rd annual running of ‘The Great American Race’, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates turned their attention to the Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday afternoon. The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates of Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray each represented one of the 60-lap qualifying races with Montoya’s 12th-place qualifying effort putting him in the first race while defending Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray’s 27th-place time put him in the second race.
The driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, Montoya, started the first race in the seventh position. He started the race dropping as-far back as 22nd before finding an ever important drafting partner in the No. 4 Toyota. The two worked together for the majority of the 60-lap race with Montoya pushing Kahne to the front on several occasions. As the No.42 Target car neared its pit window crew chief Brian Pattie opted to be one of the first ones down pit road on lap 35 for fuel only, with drafting partner Kahne following suit. Running in the top-five for the majority of the remaining laps a yellow flag waved on lap 56, setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish as Montoya’s Target Chevrolet ran second. As the field restarted Montoya and Kahne could not withstand the four-car breakaway led by eventual winner Kurt Busch and second-place finisher David Ragan. Montoya and the No.42 Target Chevrolet crossed the line in the sixth position.
Jamie McMurray and the No.1 Bass Pro Shops team started the 60-lap race from the 12th position and quickly made his way into third on the second lap of the race. A caution flag flew on lap 15 prompting cars to come down pit road for fuel only stops. McMurray restarted in the 16th position and found himself without a drafting partner soon after. The Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet fell deep in the field until a caution flag flew because of a spin in the middle of turn-three. On the ensuing restart a hard charging McMurray pushed his way into eighth-place with a final caution flying with 11 laps remaining to set-up a sprint to the finish. Jockeying back and forth in the final laps McMurray battled in his No.1 Chevrolet to cross the line in sixth position.
The strong finishing positions put Montoya and McMurray in prime position for the start of the Daytona 500. The No. 42 Target Chevrolet will start in 13th position and teammate McMurray will take the green flag on the outside of Montoya in the 14th position.
The Daytona 500 will air this Sunday, February 20th at 1:00 pm (ET) on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN.