2011 Daytona 500 Starting Grid: Jeff Burton Takes Home Gatorade Duels Title, Daytona 500 Field Set

In a wild race, Jeff Burton won the second Gatorade Duel on Thursday afternoon, edging out Clint Bowyer amidst absolute mayhem on the track at Daytona International Speedway. The victory was Burton’s first, putting him near the front of the line on the outside row for Sunday’s Daytona 500. The win was Burton’s first-ever durind Daytona’s SpeedWeeks, as well.

With drivers battling for both position and those vital transfer spots, spin-outs and wrecks we prevalent throughout the race, capped by another huge wreck as the leaders were crossing the finish line. Joey Logano, Casey Mears and others were caught up in the carnage, unable to finish the race due to car damage.

Michael Waltrip took home one of the transfer spots by virtue of his third-place finish in the second Gatorade Duel. Brian Keselowski is also in after his brother Brad recovered from a crash to push him to the front. Dave Blaney took one of the transfer spots home after waiting for the results of the second of the Gatorade Duels. Blaney got the nod after Waltrip finished in the top-5.

The full results for the Gatorade Duels can be found at SB Nation’s Daytona 500 StoryStream.

For more on the race, check out our 2011 Daytona 500 StoryStream.

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