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Spencer's move puts him in 500

Updated: February 13, 2003, 6:13 PM ET
By Jonathan Baum | ESPN.com

Spencer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- New year, new team, new result.

In what would have been his debut with Chip Ganassi last season, Jimmy Spencer missed the field for the 2002 Daytona 500. But the 45-year-old veteran (he turns 46 on Saturday) from Berwick, Pa., finished 12th in the first of Thursday's Gatorade 125 qualifying races, good enough to secure a spot in Sunday's race.

Spencer had been running near the top-five with just 10 laps remaining but was shuffled toward the back in ...

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