Two of the most underrated races of the NASCAR season are the Gatorade Dual 125’s at the Daytona Speedway. For the larger organizations in the sport, the races are just practice for the Great American Race on Sunday, but for the teams on a limited budget, the Duals can make or break their season.
A chance to race in the Daytona 500 would provide funding to a small organization to compete in other races in the 2012 season. Failure to make the race could mean the team is shut down until sponsorship is acquired.
The 2012 Daytona 500 will have a record purse. The winner of the race will receive $1.43 million and the winner at the halfway point of the race will receive a $200,000 bonus. With so much money on the line, there is no wonder 49 cars are competing in the Gatorade Duals for a spot in the Daytona 500.
The final laps of the Gatorade Dual 125 are as exciting as any race during the season. One eye has to be on the battle for the lead, while the other needs to watch the cars battling it out for a spot in the Daytona 500. Winning a spot in the Daytona 500 will mean as much to a lower budget team than the win in the Gatorade Duals would mean to top team in NASCAR.
The racing at Daytona is unpredictable and I see no reason why this year should be different.
Here is a list of my 10 bold predictions for the Gatorade Duel 125 race.