(Photo: Mike Accavitti)
Whether or not you follow NASCAR® closely, you know that the Daytona 500 is the event. You might even know that last years winner was driving a Dodge. But what you might not know is that races leading up to the big kickoff have already been happening. Thanks to the outcome of these races, all seven Dodge Motorsports teams will start in the Daytona 500. Heres how the starting lineup looks:
13 Kurt Busch, #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
15 Kasey Kahne, #9 Budweiser Dodge Charger
20 A.J. Allmendinger, #44 Valvoline Dodge Charger
24 David Stremme, #12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger
29 Sam Hornish, Jr., #77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
30 Elliott Sadler, #19 Stanley Dodge Charger
34 Reed Sorenson, #43 McDonalds Dodge Charger
Read on for a recap of whats been leading up to the Daytona 500, which takes place Sunday Feb. 15 at 3:20 p.m.
The Budweiser Shootout went down on Feb. 7 with three Dodge drivers finishing in the top-10.
5th A.J. Allmendinger
6th Kasey Kahne
9th Kurt Busch
16th David Stremme
21st Elliott Sadler
23rd Reed Sorenson
The two Gatorade Duels took place on Feb. 12, with at least one Dodge in the top-10 in each. This is the type of momentum we hope to see for the rest of the season.
In Gatorade Duel 1, two Dodge drivers placed in the top-10. Heres how the whole team did:
6th Kurt Busch
7th Kasey Kahne
16th Sam Hornish, Jr.
Gatorade Duel 2, the last event before the big one, found a Dodge in the top-10 once again.
10th A.J. Allmendinger, #44 Valvoline Dodge Charger
12th David Stremme, #12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger
17th Elliott Sadler, #19 Stanley Dodge Charger
21st Reed Sorenson, #43 McDonalds Dodge Charger
With the Daytona 500 almost here, treat your Valentine extra nice on the 14th so you have a good excuse to kick back and watch the race on Sunday.
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