Jeff Gordon will start 6th in Sunday’s Daytona 500 after finishing 2nd in the Duel at Daytona. It is Gordon’s 4th top-10 start in the last 5 races dating back to last season.
Gordon started 4th and remained in the outside line behind Martin Truex until lap 4. Gordon moved up to 3rd in single file behind Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards on lap 6. He remained in 3rd until the pit stop on lap 36. Gordon opted for fuel only and battled door-to-door with Carl Edwards getting back onto the track. He cycled through in 3rd place behind Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch. Coming to the checkered flag, Gordon pulled out of line and moved around Busch to finish in the runner-up spot. He’ll start 6th in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Single file racing was the order of the event. Gordon held his line behind Kurt Busch until the final 500 yards.
“We just snuck in there under the radar, quiet 2nd place finish with a very, very fast race car that’s certainly capable of winning (the Daytona 500). I like it that way.”
Source: Jeff Gordon Online
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