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Hylton had a chance until late in first Duel

Updated: February 16, 2007, 5:27 PM ET
By Terry Blount and David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- James Hylton was six laps away from racing his way into the Daytona 500 Thursday before becoming a victim of the restrictor-plate shuffle.

Hylton was running eighth before a train of cars behind him blew by, ending the 72-year-old driver's chance of making history.

Hylton was hoping to become the oldest driver ever to compete in a NASCAR points race. He finished 23rd in the first Gatorade Duel qualifying race, but came closer to earning a spot in the Daytona ...

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