In the second of the 150-mile qualifying races, Kyle Busch brought his No. 18 JGR Toyota across the line first in front of Hendrick's Mark Martin. Busch made the pass on Martin in the closing laps with help from his JGR teammate, Denny Hamlin.
Brian Vickers finished third in No. 83 Red Bull Toyota. DEI-Ganassi continues to look impressive as Juan Pablo Montoya finished fourth, while JGR's Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
Jeremy Mayfield, who many wrote off for even having a chance to make the field, raced his way in with a ninth place finish. A.J. Allmendinger earned his first start in the Daytona 500 by finishing 10th in his Valvoline Dodge; Allmendinger is also among the feel good stories of the day, who weeks ago was without a ride as Petty-Gilette was also without a driver.
Ryan Newman's speed weeks continued to go downhill. The defending Daytona 500 champion had to start in the back after an engine change, and was running as high as third before a wreck late in the race put him out of contention and into a backup car for Sunday's big show.