“Obviously, it’s been a great start to Speedweeks,” said Harvick, who also captured Saturday night’s The Sprint Unlimited race.
Danica Patrick started on the pole for Thursday’s race, but dropped to the back of the field to protect her pole position for Sunday’s race. She earned the pole position for the Daytona 500 after putting up the fastest qualifying time last Sunday. Patrick finished the race in 18th place.
The highest 15 finishers from each Duel, minus Patrick and Jeff Gordon who qualified Sunday, will advance to the field of 43 for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Montoya started at the back of the pack after suffering engine problems. He originally qualified seventh Sunday.
“It’s just an honor to just be able to race this car,” said Waltrip. “We know we are going to give them something to smile at the Daytona 500.”
Scott Speed landed the final spot at No. 15.
The first Duel will feature all of the drivers who qualified in the odd positions and how they finish will determine the inside lane of Sunday’s starting lineup while the second race will feature the drivers who qualified in the even positions and will determine the outside lane.
The next four spots will go to the four fastest drivers from Sunday’s qualifying who didn’t already earn a spot followed by six spots based on provisional owners points. The final spot is usually given to a past champion or the next highest drivers based on owners points.