Matt Kenseth held off Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne for the win in a three-wide finish in the first Budweiser Duel qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway Thursday evening.
Harvick pulled to the inside of Kenseth off of turn four and had a run. However, Kenseth had momentum on the top side of the tri-oval as Kahne moved to the inside of Harvick and tried to sneak by and the No. 20 car held on for a win by a half-car length.
"There's a few of those guys that you want to see behind you because you trust them to do the right things, but you also don't because they're so smart," Kenseth said of Harvick. "And I saw him laying back getting a run and he made the perfect move. I was just fortunate to get to his right rear early enough to get a big enough run to get back to the finish line."
The victory means Kenseth starts third in Sunday's Daytona 500. Just as the second Duel started, NASCAR announced that Harvick's car had failed post-race inspection for exceeding the maximumRead More »from Matt Kenseth wins first Budweiser Duel race, second-place finisher Kevin Harvick’s car fails inspection