Team Chevy drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson came out on top during this week’s two 150-mile Budweiser Duel races which dictated the starting order for this Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Earnhardt Jr., who won last year’s Daytona 500, was forced to start the duelrace from the back of the pack for the duel after being excluded from qualifying for a ride-height penalty related to the front-left corner of the car, RACER reports. After securing the leading position before a late-race restart, Earnhardt was able to hold the position with what he describes as “a lot of blocking.”
Johnson dominated the second Budweiser Duel, crossing the finish line 0.125s ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch. His win earned him a spot alongside Jeff Gordon in the front row of this year’s Daytona 500. Earnhardt Jr. and Busch will occupy the second row, with Joey Logano and Carl Edwards starting from the third row.