Joey Logano won Thursday’s second Daytona 500 qualifying duel after he passed three cars on the last lap.
The top five was completed by Logano, Bowyer, Almirola, Hamlin and Kurt Busch.
“You have the whole race to think about a move when we’re all out there just waiting, waiting and waiting,” Logano told Fox Sports 1. “There’s a lot of anxiousness behind me, everyone was really wanting to go. I just thought, ‘Man, I just gotta wait, gotta wait.’ The later you do it the less the risk if it doesn’t work.”
Bowyer led 41 of 60 laps in the caution-free race that was mostly ran single file in the outside lane.
“At the end of the day when you’re leading that chain like that you can’t see the runs that are coming behind you,” Bowyer told FS1. “I can’t tell until he pulls out how fast they’re coming or anything else.”
Brendan Gaughan raced his way into the Daytona 500.
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Aric Almirola (third) earned his best result in a Daytona 500 qualifying race in his ninth start.
QUOTE OF THE RACE No. 1: “I haven’t been this nervous since I was a rookie in the Winston West Series.” – Brendan Gaughan after he raced his way into the Daytona 500.
QUOTE OF THE RACE No. 2: “I was leading the race and I didn’t like that.” – Clint Bowyer on the single-file racing for most of the race.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on Fox.