Feb 19, 2016
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
First race: 1959
Distance: 150 miles (241.401 km)
Defending Champions: Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch
The NASCAR Budweiser Duel #1 & #2 are NASCAR Sprint Cup Series preliminary events to the Daytona 500 held annually in February at Daytona International Speedway.
The Budweiser Duel races also were the final chance for many drivers to qualify for The Daytona 500. Known officially as the Budweiser Duel Qualifying Races, these 150-mile events will determine the starting grid for the Great American Race - the 53 running of the Daytona 500.
Once qualifying is over, the field is set by merging the highest ranked 35 teams in the owner standings with the fastest seven cars not in those 35 positions, in the order of their qualifying speeds. The 43rd position is reserved for a former champion, provided he is not already qualified and satisfies the rulebook's criteria. If unused by a former champion, it goes to the next fastest car in qualifying. The lone exception is the Daytona 500, which uses qualifying and two 150-mile races to determine the field.
2013 Budweiser Duels Winners
Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR Budweiser Duel #1 and Kyle Busch is the winner of the Budweiser Duel #2.
2012 Budweiser Duels Winner
The 2012 Duel winners at Daytona are Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth. The race ended under caution and Tony Stewart picked up the win. Robby Gordon and Michael McDowell raced their way into the 2012 Daytona 500 with Trevor Bayne and David Stremme getting a starting spot based on his qualifying time.
2011 Gatorade Duels Winner
Kurt Busch collected his second victory of Speedweeks in the first of two NASCAR Budweiser Duels, while Jeff Burton brought the Caterpillar car to Victory Lane in the second Duel, setting the field for Sunday's Daytona 500. Burton's win marked the second time a Burton had brought the Cat machine to Victory Lane at Daytona.