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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Busch can send a thank-you note to Jeff Gordon
And Kevin Harvick is two for two.
In Thursday's second Budweiser Duel 150-mile qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway, Busch inherited the lead when Gordon, who had led all but one lap before pitting on Lap 40, was flagged for speeding on pit road.
The ensuing pass-through penalty handed Busch the top spot, and in a caution-free race (despite Ryan Newman's spin near the entrance to pit road on Lap 40), Busch held off runner-up Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon to earn the fourth starting spot in Sunday's Daytona 500.
Busch didn't take tires during a quick pit stop on Lap 40, and that impromptu call by crew chief Dave Rogers was what got him to the front.
"That was not our original plan," Busch revealed after the race. "Our original plan was two tires, but he (Rogers) called it. They were just harping on me to make sure, don't slide your tires. Because you don't want to slide...