MWR 2015 Daytona Duels Race Report

Duel 1 Results

5th       Clint Bowyer – will start ninth in Sunday’s Daytona 500


Duel 2 Results

19th     Michael Waltrip – will start 34th in Sunday’s Daytona 500


Clint Bowyer Race Summary:  No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished fifth in the first of Thursday night’s two 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. Bowyer started at the back of the 25-car field after a qualifying accident last weekend forced the Michael Waltrip Racing team to a backup car. Bowyer raced cautiously in the early going avoiding two accidents then pitting twice for tires and fuel during the cautions. After the halfway mark of the 60-lap race, Bowyer started his charge to the front moving to 12th by lap 38 and eighth by lap 40 as the field raced three-abreast around the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Bowyer climbed to sixth with just nine laps remaining before a caution forced a restart with five laps to go. Bowyer raced hard in the final laps to finish fifth and secure the ninth starting spot in Sunday’s 57th running of the Daytona 500. The 5-hour ENERGY team will practice Friday and Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s Great American Race.


  • Finished fifth in the first 150-mile qualifying race.
  • Will start Sunday’s Daytona 500 in ninth
  • Raced backup car in Thursday’s qualifying race.
  • Started in back and climbed to the front of the field after the halfway mark.

Bowyer Quotes: “It's definitely a breath of fresh air. If it wasn't for adversity, how do you have any fun in life? It feels good to finally get a good run. The good thing is – all kidding aside – our 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was pretty strong. When it came time and I was needing to go, I got up there and I felt like I was amongst the cars that you're going to have to beat to win the Daytona 500. We need a few more adjustments and tweaks here and there, but I think we can tweak on this thing and get it ready to go."

Michael Waltrip Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Michael Waltrip finished 19th in the second of Thursday night’s Duel 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. Waltrip started the Daytona Duel in 10th and held his position in the first 10 laps before dropping to the back of the draft. Waltrip pitted for four tires and fuel during the 60-lap race’s first caution on lap 21. Waltrip dodged several spinning cars and debris, but managed to avoid any damage when a multicar accident brought out the red flag on lap 36. After pitting then restarting 18th with 20 to go, Waltrip held his position until three laps to go when another multicar accident forced Waltrip to take evasive maneuvers. Waltrip protected his car in the green-white-checkered finish and finished 19th. Waltrip starts 34th in Sunday’s 57th running of the Daytona 500. The No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine team will practice Friday and Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s Great American Race.


  • Started 10th and finished 19th in the second 150-mile qualifying race
  • Will start his 28th Daytona 500 in 34th
  • Made several moves to avoid damage in multicar accidents on lap 36 and on lap 57
  • Protected his car in the green-white-checkered finish

Waltrip Quote: "We've got a good-handling Aaron’s Dream Machine - everything went fine. I just got shuffled out and once I got to the back, I tried to make some moves and nothing seemed to work real well for me. Then there late there was nothing to really gain by sticking our nose up the middle of it. We know we have a good car for the 500 and I'm excited about that. It's kind of frustrating to ride in the back. We won't do that on Sunday, we'll race our butt off and I'm looking forward to my chance to do that."



  • First Race Results:
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. edge Jeff Gordon by 0.185 seconds to win the first Daytona Duel
    • Rounding out the top five were Joey Logano, Tony Stewart and Bowyer
    • Five drivers swapped the lead nine times
    • Three cautions slowed the race for 13 laps - average speed to 144.462 mph
  • Second Race Results:
    • Jimmie Johnson won the second Daytona Duel by 0.125 seconds over Kyle Busch
    • Rounding out the top five were Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Martin Truex Jr
    • Five drivers swapped the lead seven times
    • Three cautions slowed the race for 12 laps – average speed was 144.724 mph


1. Jeff Gordon
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Kyle Busch
5. Joey Logano
6. Carl Edwards
7. Tony Stewart
8. Greg Biffle
9. Clint Bowyer
10. Martin Truex Jr.
11, Kevin Harvick
12. Reed Sorenson
13. Kasey Kahne
14. Ryan Blaney
15. Jamie McMurray
16. Justin Allgaier
17. Landon Cassill
18. Mike Wallace
19. Cole Whitt
20. Danica Patrick
21. Paul Menard
22. Ryan Newman
23. Michael McDowell
24. Kurt Busch
25. JJ Yeley
26. David Gilliland
27. Michael Annett
28. David Ragan
29. Kyle Larson
30. Austin Dillon
31. Ty Dillon
32. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
33. Aric Almirola
34. Michael Waltrip
35. Matt Kenseth
36. Johnny Sauter
37. Trevor Bayne

38. Sam Hornish Jr.

39. Brad Keselowski
40. AJ Allmendinger
41. Casey Mears

42  Denny Hamlin
43. Bobby Labonte


Alex Bowman

Jeb Burton

Justin Marks

Ron Hornaday Jr.

Brian Scott

Josh Wise



1          Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2          Jeff Gordon

3          Joey Logano

4          Tony Stewart

5          Clint Bowyer

6          Kevin Harvick

7          Kasey Kahne

8          Jamie McMurray

9          Landon Cassill

10        Cole Whitt

11        Paul Menard

12        Michael McDowell

13        J.J. Yeley

14        Michael Annett

15        Kyle Larson

16        Ty Dillon

17        Matt Kenseth

18        Justin Marks

19        Brad Keselowski

20        Aric Almirola

21        Ron Hornaday Jr.

22        Trevor Bayne

23        AJ Allmendinger

24        Johnny Sauter

25        Casey Mears



1          Jimmie Johnson

2          Kyle Busch

3          Carl Edwards

4          Greg Biffle

5          Martin Truex Jr.

6          Reed Sorenson

7          Ryan Blaney

8          Justin Allgaier

9          Mike Wallace

10        Danica Patrick

11        Ryan Newman

12        Kurt Busch

13        David Gilliland

14        David Ragan

15        Austin Dillon

16        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

17        Brian Scott

18        Denny Hamlin

19        Michael Waltrip

20        Bobby Labonte

21        Sam Hornish Jr.

22        Jeb Burton

23        Alex Bowman

24        Josh Wise

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