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Daytona 500 2012 Qualifying: Carl Edwards Wins Pole Position, Kevin Harvick Finishes 20th

The Daytona 500 Qualifying was held on Sunday, which determined the front row for next week's race and awarded berths to four drivers who did not receive automatic entry into first points-earning race of the 2012 Sprint Cup Season.

It was one of the closest finishes for a qualifying event in the history of the Daytona International Speedway, as Carl Edwards bested teammate Greg Biffle by just one-tenth of a second to set the front row for the 2012 Daytona 500. Although the pole and outside pole positions do not typically result in any significant advantage toward winning the race, it is nice bragging rights for both men.

Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick, who is expected to do well in this year's chase for the Sprint Cup, had some trouble for the second day in a row, as his car caught fire toward the end of his laps in the qualifier, but still managed to finish 20th. He also saw his car destroyed in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout, so he'll be hoping for much better luck in the race itself on Sunday.

The final grid will be determined in the duels later this week.

Here's the full list of how Qualifying finished, but this is not the starting lineup. Non-qualified drivers are in bold.

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Marcos Ambrose
  5. Casey Mears
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  9. Trevor Bayne * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  10. Tony Stewart
  11. Mark Martin
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. AJ Allmendinger
  14. Paul Menard
  15. David Ragan
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Ryan Newman
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Brad Keselowski
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Joey Logano
  22. Clint Bowyer
  23. Jeff Burton
  24. Juan Pablo Montoya
  25. Kasey Kahne
  26. Tony Raines * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  27. David Stremme * (clinched berth in Daytona 500)
  28. Kyle Busch
  29. Jamie McMurray
  30. Danica Patrick
  31. Kenny Wallace
  32. Terry Labonte * (guaranteed spot via past champion's provisional)
  33. Dave Blaney
  34. Kurt Busch
  35. Elliott Sadler
  36. Michael Waltrip
  37. Joe Nemechek
  38. Denny Hamlin
  39. Regan Smith
  40. Michael McDowell
  41. Landon Cassill
  42. David Gilliland
  43. Bobby Labonte
  44. Bill Elliott
  45. Mike Wallace
  46. David Reutimann
  47. Robert Richardson Jr.
  48. Robby Gordon
  49. JJ Yeley

For more on the Great American Race, check out SB Nation NASCAR's Daytona 500 stream, as well as NASCAR Ranting & Raving.