Michael Waltrip Racing.

Daytona Duels Race Report

•    Clint Bowyer, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota - finished fourth in the second race - will start 10th in
     the Daytona 500.

•    Mark Martin, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota - finished sixth in the second race - will start
     14th in the Daytona 500

•    Michael Waltrip, No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota - finished 14th in the first race
     will start 29th in the Daytona 500.

•    Martin Truex Jr., NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota - finished 19th in the first race- will start 37th in the
     Daytona 500.

Clint Bowyer Race Summary
:  No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished fourth in the second of Thursday’s 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing team will start Sunday’s 55th running of the Daytona 500 in 10th. Bowyer started ninth Thursday and dropped to mid-pack where he ran until a lap-40 pit stop. Bowyer took only fuel while others took fuel and two tires. The strategy moved Bowyer to the lead and he eventually settled into second place where he remained the rest of the race. In the closing laps, Bowyer jockeyed for position to make a bid for victory but came across the finish line in fourth.

•    Started ninth and finished fourth in the second 150-mile qualifying race.
•    Ran mid-pack most of the race.
•    Moved to second after lap-40 pit stop when he took only fuel; led one lap
•    Will start Daytona 500 in 10th

Bowyer Quotes: “"It was interesting. I had some good runs. My car was strong in areas and not so strong in others. It enabled me to get a run, but then I couldn't complete the pass on somebody. I wanted (Ricky) Stenhouse to get going on that bottom line. I had a feeling that once it kind of spread out there, the shortest way around would get to be the fastest way around again. We could get up to them and then we would fizzle out. Just learned a little bit. We needed more cars up there in that pack to create those runs. You get a run, but without help you don't get to complete it. But hey, it's still in one piece, it's a good car and proud of our 5-hour ENERGY Toyota guys -- they are doing a great job and we are ready for the (Daytona) 500."

Mark Martin Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished sixth in the second of Thursday’s150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. Martin started 14th and quickly moved to the front running with the lead pack. The leaders raced single-file for most of the event. After a lap-40 pit stop, Martin raced in sixth and never ventured far from that spot for the remainder of the 60-lap race. The sixth-place finish means Martin will start his 29th Daytona 500 on Sunday in 14th. The team will practice Friday and Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s 55th running of the Great American Race.

•    Started 14th and finished sixth in the second 150-mile qualifying race.
•    Quickly moved to front of the field that ran single-file for most of the race.
•    Sunday marks his 29th Daytona 500; will start 14th

Martin Quote: “We've got some more work to do, but we were in contact with the leaders throughout the race, especially at the end. If we can do that in the (Daytona) 500 then anything can happen. We've got a little work to do to be a little better. We weren't quite good enough to contend yet, but we're getting there."

Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary:  No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 19th in the first of Thursday’s 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. Truex will start 39th in Sunday’s 55th running of the Daytona 500. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 10th and raced in third for the first half of the 60-lap race. He never gave up the spot through a pit stop and a multi-car crash that setup a four-lap dash to the checkered flag. While coming through Turn 3 on the final lap in sixth-place, the passenger-side window came loose and blew out of the car forcing NASCAR to post the No. 56 in 19th place, the final car on the lead lap. The No. 56 will practice Friday and Saturday before Sunday’s season-opening race.

•    Started 10th and finished 19th in second 150-mile qualifying race
•    Raced in third most of the race.
•    Crossed finish line in sixth, but side window came loose on final lap. NASCAR posted No. 56 in
     19th-place, the final car on the lead lap.
•    Starts Daytona 500 is 39th.

Truex Quote: ““Our starting spot for the Daytona 500 doesn’t matter. It’s a 500-mile race. There is plenty of time to race our way up to the front. If we would have started up front and the guys were patient, we would have hung out and taken care of our stuff. Last year, the guys who started in the back had a big pile up on the first lap. It will be very important for us to stay out of that kind of stuff. By no means will our starting spot be detrimental to us. This NAPA team can definitely overcome it. The biggest worry is if something happens early, we don’t get involved in it. We just have to be smart about it.”
 
Michael Waltrip Summary: No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota driver Michael Waltrip finished 14th in the first of Thursday’s two 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. The finish was enough to earn Waltrip a start in his 26th Daytona 500. Waltrip started 16th and immediately worked his way into the top 10 even running in the lead group. A multicar crash just inches away from the No. 26 brought out the caution with 10 laps remaining. Waltrip did not receive any damage and restarted sixth with four laps to go. The 49-year-old driver charged to the front but in the wild side-by-side pack racing he survived to finish 14th claiming a spot in the Daytona 500 for Swan Racing.
 
•    Started 16th and finished 14th.
•    Quickly moved to the lead pack and raced in seventh. 
•    Avoided multicar crash in the final 10 laps.
•    Sunday will mark his 26th Daytona 500; will start 29th

WALTRIP QUOTE: “It was a good day. I am so proud of all the guys at Swan Racing. Especially, David Stremme, Brandon Davis and Tony Eury Jr. They gave me a super competitive car for today and we have a really good car for the Daytona 500. We needed to make this race for the folks in Newtown Connecticut. We wanted to give them something to smile about on Sunday.”

RACE NOTES

•    First Race Results: Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, and Juan Pablo Montoya. 
       o    One caution slowed the race for three laps for an average speed of 177.282 mph.
       o    The race featured four lead changes among two drivers.
•    Second Race Results: Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon
       o    The average speed of the second race was 193.966 mph, the second-fastest Duel in race
             history
       o    The race featured six lead changes among five drivers.

DAYTONA 500 LINEUP
1.     Danica Patrick
2.     Jeff Gordon
3.     Kevin Harvick
4.     Kyle Busch
5.     Greg Biffle
6.     Kasey Kahne
7.     Juan Montoya
8.     Austin Dillon
9.     Jimmie Johnson
10.    Clint Bowyer
11.    Kurt Busch
12.    Matt Kenseth
13.    Tony Stewart
14.    Mark Martin
15.    Brad Keselowski
16.    Paul Menard
17.    Casey Mears
18.    Jeff Burton
19.    Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20.    Jamie McMurray
21.    Joey Logano
22.    David Ragen
23.    Bobby Labonte
24.    Marcos Ambrose
25.    David Gilliland
26.    Aric Almirola
27.    Joe Nemechek
28.    Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
29.    Michael Waltrip
30.    Dave Blaney
31.    Scott Speed
32.    Josh Wise
33.    Trevor Bayne
34.    Ryan Newman
35.    Denny Hamlin
36.    Carl Edwards
37.    Martin Truex Jr.
38.    Michael McDowell
39.    Terry Labonte
40.    Regan Smith
41.    JJ Yeley
42.    David Reutimann
43.    Travis Kvapil            

Driver Information



NAME: Clint Bowyer
DOB: 05/30/1979
HEIGHT: 6'
WEIGHT: 175
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC



NAME: Mark Martin
DOB: 01/09/1959
HEIGHT: 5'6
WEIGHT: 125
HOMETOWN: Batesville, AR
RESIDENCE: Daytona Beach, FL



NAME: Martin Truex Jr.
DOB: 06/28/1980
HEIGHT: 5'11
WEIGHT: 180
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC



NAME: Michael Waltrip
DOB: 04/29/1963
HEIGHT: 6'5
WEIGHT: 220
HOMETOWN: Owensboro, KY
RESIDENCE: Sherrill's Ford, NC