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2012 Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne Nearly Qualifies First, Secures Spot In Race

Trevor Bayne came out of no where to win the Daytona 500 last year, and despite that victory, he was not assured of a spot in the field this year. A number of drivers were given the opportunity to qualify for the last three spots in the race on Sunday, and Bayne finished first among those drivers. According to SB Nation, despite making his way into the race, Bayne was a little disappointed he didn't qualify for the front row.

"It's just the wind was against us. Going through (Turns) 3 and 4, I could feel it kind of gusting onto the nose of our car, so at that point, there's not much you can do. I held it wide open, and they gave me a great race car, so I think it's going to race really good, and that's all that really matters."

Bayne finished in the top ten on Sunday, but he will still have to do some driving this week to figure out where he will be starting from on Sunday.

For more on the Great American Race, check out SB Nation NASCAR's Daytona 500 stream, as well as NASCAR Ranting & Raving.

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