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But Calandrillo was fielding rapid-fire media requests and trying to solve the most pressing issue: Where their five-member team will sleep the rest of Speedweeks.

“We checked out of our rooms on Thursday because nobody thought we were making the race, we thought for sure we were going home,” she said. “We did the friend-of-a-friend knows somebody in Daytona and all crashed at her house last night, but we’re working on something to get us through the rest of the weekend.”

Brian didn’t care, he was willing to sleep in the minivan if needed.

“They don’t exactly give you a pile of money when you make the Daytona 500,” he said. “You’ll get it eventually, but you ain’t getting it tomorrow. I don’t care, though. I don’t know what we’re going to do and I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me because just making the race has been insane. Crazy. I can’t even comprehend.

“After struggling so long, just trying to make it week-to-week, and now we get to pay our bills and know we can go to another race, this is the first time that’s ever happened to me.”

Keselowski will start 12th in the 500 _ four spots ahead of his brother _ and plans to race with the help of volunteers who have offered to help him prepare the car and pit.

“I’m going to race, I know that,” he said. “How? Those are details. Very minor details compared to what it took to get here.”