The first Budweiser Duel finished without any wrecks. Drivers went three wide at one point, but as the race started to come to an end we saw single file racing. The top lane was just too fast for the bottom, which was a problem last season for the Gen-6 car at super speedways.
Matt Kenseth won the first Duel, holding off both Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne. Kevin Harvick's car though, failed post-race inspection and he lost the position he gained from finishing second in the first duel.
The second duel was much like the first, with drivers in the front pack racing single file, and drivers toward the back splitting into two lines to try and pass. Brad Keselowski dominated the second duel early, but after being hit with a speeding penalty when he was coming off of pit road and then getting a flat tire, Keslowski quickly fell to the back.
Denny Hamlin took over for the rest of the second duel, and it looked like there would be another caution free race until the last Lap happened.
Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray started the wreck, which ended with cars being torn up and catching fire, and Clint Bowyer doing a 360, landing on his tires, and still managing to cross the finish line in 10th place.
If the Budweiser Duels can be considered a preview of the Daytona 500, we could see a lot of single file racing on Sunday in the front of the pack. Hopefully the daytime conditions on Sunday will allow drivers to successfully use the top and bottom lines, but we'll have to wait until Sunday to find out.
As far as a wreck on Sunday is concerned, it should almost be expected. Since drivers have been down at Daytona, we've seen a wreck during practice sessions, the Sprint Unlimited, and now the Budweiser Duels.
The Big One will happen on Sunday, it's just a matter of when.
Make sure to join us here on the Bleacher Report as we cover the Daytona 500 on Sunday, and find out who wins one of NASCAR's wildest races.
Winner of Duel #1: Matt Kenseth
Winner of Duel #2: Denny Hamlin
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