JTG Daugherty Racing's Marcos Ambrose will have a guaranteed spot in the Daytona 500 and the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup races, but Phoenix Racing's Brad Kesolowski will have to race his way into the events, Ambrose and Keselowski said Thursday morning.

Sanctioning body officials decided that allowing the transfer of a car number for a rookie to run a fifth car wasn't the intent of the points-transfer rules and won't allow a transfer of Chip Ganassi Racing points from last season to Phoenix Racing's Keselowski. The move will lock Ambrose into the season's opening five events.

Ambrose was told of the situation Thursday morning, and when the haulers entered the track, Ambrose and that of Richard Childress Racing's Clint Bowyer were among the top 35 while Keselowski was not.

Penske Racing's Sam Hornish Jr. was locked into the first five races earlier this week after inheriting points from Bill Davis Racing.



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