Kevin Harvick won his second race in six days at Daytona International Speedway and will start third in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Harvick took the checkered flag in the first Budweiser Duel qualifying race on Thursday, while Kyle Busch won the second Duel and will start fourth on the grid.
Harvick, who also won last Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited for 2012 pole winners, held off Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch for the win. Harvick led twice for 23 laps, with the other 37 laps led by Trevor Bayne, who was collected during the only caution flag of the two races on Lap 52 of the first race. Bayne, who got caught up in the wreck of Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, will have to start at the rear of the field in a backup car.
Busch led the second race twice for 19 laps, taking over the lead for the final time following a fuel-only pit stop on Lap 52. He held off Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth for the win.
Two cars will be going home out of the 45 that took time trials: Brian Keselowski, older brother of 2012 Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski, and Mike Bliss failed to make the field.
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