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Thrilling Duels set stage for Daytona 500

Updated: February 11, 2010, 8:04 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two Gatorade Duels, two thrilling, trading-paint finishes. Lots of passing. Tons of action. Restrictor-plate racing the way it was meant to be.

The Bud Shootout last weekend, the first racing test on NASCAR's rule changes for plate racing, wasn't so hot at times. Too many crashed cars and a finish under caution.

When the qualifying races started Thursday, lots of doubts remained about whether these changes -- a bigger plate opening for more horsepower and ...

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