2012 Gatorade Duels Results: Carl Edwards Finishes 5th In Duel No. 1

Carl Edwards' position in the 2012 Daytona 500 has been secure since last Sunday -- he was the fastest qualifier that day and locked up the pole position. On Thursday afternoon, the Gatorade Duels -- a pair of 60-lap races -- were held to determine the order of the Daytona 500 field after the first row.

Related: Daytona 500 2012: Starting Lineup For NASCAR's Biggest Race

Edwards raced in the first Duel despite having little at stake and turned in a respectable fifth-place finish. Tony Stewart won that Duel, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Burton and then Edwards. Matt Kenseth was victorious in the second Duel. Stewart and Kenseth will start on the second row behind Edwards and Greg Biffle in Sunday's Daytona 500.

The 2012 Daytona 500 is set to start at 12:00 p.m. CT on Feb. 26.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of NASCAR and the 2012 Daytona 500, head over to Nascar Ranting & Raving. And for more racing coverage, visit SB Nation's NASCAR news hub.

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