DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson gambled on pit
strategy, then held off Kevin Harvick in a door-to-door battle to
the finish line to win the first qualifying race for the Daytona
The victory means Johnson will start in the second row for
Sunday's season-opening race.
Michael Waltrip, meanwhile, may not race in what was expected to
be the final Daytona 500 of his career. The two-time Daytona 500
winner crashed in his race, and needs help from other drivers to
get into the field.
Max Papis and Michael McDowell both raced their way into the
43-car field. Papis, a former open-wheel driver, broke down in
tears of joy after the race.