Field set for 54th Daytona 500, Trevor Bayne to start 40th

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Kenseth used a bold pass of teammate Greg Biffle to win the second Daytona 500 qualifying race.

Biffle was leading headed into the final lap Thursday but tried to block Kenseth, who dove to the inside and used a push from Jimmie Johnson to take the lead.

The victory gives Kenseth the fourth starting spot in Sunday's season opener. Teammates Carl Edwards and Biffle will start on the front row. Kenseth will be lined up next to defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who won the first 150-mile qualifying race.

Joe Nemechek and Dave Blaney each raced their way into the 500 in the second qualifying race. Robby Gordon and Michael McDowell earned the two spots up for grabs in the first race.

Danica Patrick OK after wreck in Daytona qualifier

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Danica Patrick cracked a joke after she got caught in a wreck and hit the wall hard in her qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.

Her car didn't fare quite so well.

Racing in the first two 150-mile qualifying races Thursday, Patrick got spun out on the last lap, then hit the inside wall on the backstretch. The wreck demolished the front end of Patrick's car, and she'll have to use a backup in Sunday's Daytona 500.

After being released from the infield medical care center, Patrick said she hoped her backup car might be even faster than her primary car. Maybe, she joked, the accident will turn out to be a "blessing in big disguise."

Waltrip wrecks, ends Daytona 500 streak at 25

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip has failed to qualify for NASCAR's season opener, ending his streak of 25 consecutive years in The Great American Race.

Waltrip wrecked his No. 40 Toyota with seven laps remaining in the first 150-mile qualifier Thursday, an odd and costly mistake for the owner/driver. Waltrip was coming off pit road and trying to merge onto the high-banked oval when he lost control and slammed into the wall.

He was unharmed, but his frustration was evident.

He sat in a golf cart and stared at the scoring tower, knowing he needed a bunch of help to make the Daytona 500. It didn't happen. Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon raced their way into the opener, eliminating Waltrip.

Waltrip also crashed in Saturday's exhibition Budweiser Shootout.

1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 194.738 46.216 Leader
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 194.087 46.371 -0.155
3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 - - -
4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy - - -
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard - - -
6 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / CSX "Play it Safe" - - -
7 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley - - -
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's - - -
9 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar - - -
10 33 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet General Mills / Kroger - - -
11 98 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records - - -
12 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot - - -
13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser - - -
14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Brown - - -
15 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil - - -
16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger - - -
17 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Mapei / Menards / Speed Energy - - -
18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army / Quicken Loans - - -
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats - - -
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance - - -
21 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost - - -
22 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine - - -
23 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite - - -
24 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Ollie's Bargain Outlet - - -
25 34 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners - - -
26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts - - -
27 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield "Helping Hungry Homes" - - -
28 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com - - -
29 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com - - -
30 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy - - -
31 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express - - -
32 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kroger - - -
33 38 David Gilliland Ford MHP Power Pak Pudding - - -
34 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves - - -
35 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target - - -
36 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO - - -
37 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Peak / Menards - - -
38 93 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King - - -
39 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King - - -
40 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center - - -
41 26 Tony Raines Ford Front Row Motorsports - - -
42 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports - - -
43 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy Champion's Provisional

Did Not Qualify
44 140 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine - - -
45 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota North Texas Pipe - - -
46 97 Bill Elliott Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves - - -
47 37 Mike Wallace Ford Poynt.com - - -
48 109 Kenny Wallace Toyota American Ethanol - - -
49 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing


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