DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. (AP) -- Matt Kenseth nipped Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne at the finish line to win the first of two Daytona 500 qualifying races.
Cole Whitt and Alex Bowman both raced their way into the 43-driver field via the available transfer spots on Thursday night. Whitt and Bowman are both rookies.
Whitt battled back in a car that was damaged in Wednesday's practice and had to be rebuilt after teammate Parker Kligerman also wrecked. Kligerman needed a backup car, and Swan Racing only had one, so the team was forced to rebuild Whitt's Toyota.
Kligerman was in the same 150-mile qualifying race as Whitt, but finished 18th and didn't transfer into the Daytona 500. He had to wait for the second Budweiser 150 Mile to see if he made the field.