Stewart takes Duel Two

Tony Stewart, with a bit of help from his team-mate Bobby Labonte, swept past leader Jeff Burton with 12 laps to go of the 60-lap race to win Thusday's second Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart takes Duel Two

With the second heat positions deciding the even start order for the Daytona 500, behind the locked out front row, Stewart will start fourth, behind front-row starter Jimmie Johnson. Burton, who held on to second place at the chequered flag, will start sixth.

The story of the race was a major pile-up, caused when then second-placed Kevin Harvick tried to bump-draft leader Johnson through Turn 2 on lap 35. Johnson spun, but luckily without serious damage, while Harvick, Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Joe Nemechek and Dave Blaney all had their cars destroyed.

Johnson's team replaced the track bar and ironed out some body damage, but the driver himself was furious.

"We're running along and his head falls off his shoulders and he starts bump-drafting me in the centre of the turns," he said. "He just tore up six or seven good race cars. I hope Childress fires him, does something about him, or NASCAR does something about him, because this is ridiculous."

Harvick contended Johnson's car got loose and slowed and that he did not want to break momentum. "He checked up when I got to him," he said. "I couldn't get off him and just spun him out. It's not that you want to bump-draft in the middle of the corners. I just got to him, and he slowed down and got sideways."

Stewart admitted that having several front-runners out of the race made his job a little easier.

"I'm sure it would have been more difficult," he said. "I only had two cars to pass. Having Mark and the 29 [Harvick] and 48 [Johnson] in front of us, three strong cars got taken out. Sure, it would have been a lot harder to get up there."



Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet, 60 laps
Jeff Burton, No. 31 Cingular Chevrolet, 60, -0.183sec
Kevin Lepage, No. 37 Patron Dodge, 60
Martin Truex, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 60
Scott Rigs, No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet, 60
Matt Kenseth, No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford, 60
Robby Gordon, No. 7 Jim Beam Chevrolet, 60
Scott Wimmer, No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge, 60
Sterling Marlin, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge, 60
Boris Said, No. 36 Centrix Chevrolet, 60
John Andretti, No. 14 VB/APlus Ford, 60
Bobby Labonte, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet, 60
Bobby Hamilton Jr., No. 32 Tide Chevrolet, 60
Derrike Cope, No. 55 SWAT Fitness Chevrolet, 60
Jeremy Mayfield, No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, 60
Jeff Green, No. 43 Cheerios Dodge, 60
Eric McClure, No.73 ARC DeHooker Chevrolet, 60
Larry Gunselman, No. 52 rpo30.com Ford, 59
Brian Vickers, No. 25 GMAC Chevrolet, 39, final drive
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, 35, crash
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet, 35, crash
Mark Martin, No. 6 Viagra Ford, 35, crash
Joe Nemechek, No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet, 35, crash
Rusty Wallace, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, 35, crash
Dave Blaney, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet, 35, crash
Andy Belmont, No. 80 Bootie Lager Ford, 24, crash
Kirk Shelmerdine, No. 27 goldenpalace.com Ford, 2, crash
Greg Sacks, No. 13 Dodge, 2, crash

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