The Dual 150 races were suspenseful as expected Thursday. Tony Stewart won race 1, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, David Gilliland and Denny Hamlin. Michael Waltrip overcame his current woes by qualifying for Sunday's Daytona 500, along with Boris Said. Waltrip, who worsened his problems early by trying to fit his car in a hole that didn't exist and then spinning out Dale Earnhardt Jr., ran a good race therafter and Earnhardt recovered as well. James Hylton, the 72 year old former NASCAR race winner, ran a respectable race, but failed to qualify.
Race 2 was won by Jeff Gordon, whose car failed to pass tech inspection. Gordon will start at the rear of the field Sunday, joining the other drivers penalized by NASCAR for infractions. Joe Nemechek and Mike Wallace were the final two qualifiers for Sunday's race. Kyle Busch finished second to Gordon, followed by David Stremme, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth.
Tony Stewart and David Gilliland appear to be the ones to beat in Sunday's race, with Earnhardt Jr., Ricky Rudd and several others also looking good in competition.
The Pictures: Jeff Gordon won race 2 yesterday only to fail post race inspection. Michael Waltrip proved that his car could race well Sunday, by qualifying for the race. Waltrip had no practice time in the car and may be a dark horse winner for the big race.
That's it for today race fans. More Tomorrow.