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Waltrip crashes, but still gets 500 spot

Updated: February 12, 2010, 2:17 AM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip stared at various television monitors, keeping an eye on every pass, push and position swap between three or four cars.

It was eye-popping, nerve-racking, breathtaking, and -- ultimately -- exhilarating.

Those final laps of the second Daytona 500 qualifying race Thursday turned out to be the best part of his day, week and month. The finish secured Waltrip a starting spot in what could be his last Daytona 500, the race that has provided him with ...

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