Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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Mike Wallace can't remember a year he didn't have to race his way into the Daytona 500 with a good showing in the Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying races. Michael McDowell is a respectable 1-for-2 in successfully earning a 500 spot via the qualifier and likes his chances in Thursday's race. And Robby Gordon bristles when even asked it. "Why do you have to bring up a sore subject,'' Gordon said - only half-jokingly - peering out of the cockpit of his No. 7 Mapei Dodge during Duels practice Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway. "I finished seventh in a Duel in '05 and didn't make the race. Can you believe that?" On Thursday, those three drivers will be among the 10 - including two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and 1988 Cup series champ Bill Elliott - vying for four starting positions in the Daytona 500. Two spots are up for grabs in each of the two Duel qualifiers. "I swear I can't think of a time when I didn't have to race my way in and it's been a small percen...
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