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Waltrip makes happy way into final 500

Updated: May 6, 2010, 11:57 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip stood dejected outside the infield care center at Daytona International Speedway as Michael McDowell and Max Papis crossed the finish line to qualify for Sunday's Daytona 500.

"The 55 and 13," Waltrip said after the first of Thursday's two 150-mile qualifying races. "The 55. Hey! That's my car!"

He wished.

Waltrip decided weeks ago to switch to the No. 51 for what likely was his final attempt to qualify for the "Great ...

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