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Notebook: Andretti's success is Said's sorrow

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- John Andretti and Boris Said occupied the extremes of the emotional spectrum after Thursday's second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- John Andretti and Boris Said occupied the extremes of the emotional spectrum after Thursday's second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway.

Each of their attitudes took a 180-degree turn in the space of a few seconds, when Andretti passed David Reutimann on the final lap of the race. Had Reutimann gotten to the stripe first, Said would have made the field for the Daytona 500, because Reutimann already had qualified on time trial speed.

Said would have been the next driver in on speed had Andretti not captured the final starting position. Said watched anxiously from the top of Reutimann's pit box, as Andretti made the decisive pass. Said had failed to win one of two starting spots available in the first Duel.

Said has had more than his share of misfortune at Daytona. Last summer he had put his No. 60 Ford on the provisional pole for the Pepsi 400, before rain washed out qualifying and sent him home.

"We had a really, really good car," Said explained. "We should have been in the top two, but we had a tire go and we had to pit a little early. I just couldn't get anyone to help me (in the draft). Carl Edwards was the only guy that ever helped me.

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"It's disappointing to me. I had so many runs, and every time I pulled out, I just got hung out, but I couldn't just sit there in line. I had to keep trying, but I just kept getting hung out. It's real disappointing after we had such a good car."

Wood Brothers fail to qualify

After Bill Elliott failed to race his way into the Daytona 500 in the first Duel, reality hit home for the vaunted Wood Brothers Racing team. Their car will miss the Daytona 500 for the first time since 1962 and only the third time in 50 runnings of NASCAR's most prestigious race.

"I don't think there are words that can describe it, but that's life," Elliott said. "There will be days like this."

Team owner Eddie Wood plans to stay in Daytona, even though he won't have a car in the 500.

"I'm going to be here -- the car won't be," Wood said. "I don't know what that'll feel like. I'm sure it's going to be bad."

Edwards crashes

Carl Edwards damaged his No. 60 Ford in Nationwide Series practice Thursday morning, less than five hours before he was to take the green flag for the first Duel 150.

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The defending series champion pancaked the right side of the car trying to avoid a wreck in front of him.

"I was following Clint Bowyer, and the car in front of him got loose and slid up and hit Kelly Bires in the 47 car," Edwards said. "He (Bires) was doing a real good job. I don't think he wrecked real bad. The 70 car (Mark Green) was just sideways up above me and went straight into the right side door.

"It couldn't have been any more square of a hit. It just moved my car over about a foot, and I kept going straight. If he would have hit me in the front or the back, it would have wrecked us bad. So, the crew is going to put a new side on it, and we should be fine."

Burton to pave Darlington

In 1999, Jeff Burton swept both races at Darlington Raceway -- both rain-shortened. At 1 p.m. on Feb. 20, with mostly sunny skies in the forecast, Burton will help construction crews put a new layer of asphalt on the 1.366-mile Lady in Black.

The repaving is part of a $10 million capital improvement project at the Sprint Cup Series' oldest speedway.

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