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A win Saturday night could edge him closer to the top 20 in points, where he must be to be eligible for one of two wild-card berths into the Chase. If he could crack the top 20, those two wins would be tough to beat among wild-card contenders.

“Nothing is out of the realm of possibility,” he said. “If you get a second win, that’s a lot of points, but you need a strong stretch of finishes leading into Richmond. It is something that can make things interesting, but first things first. You got to be there at the end and you got to win the race. It could happen.”

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DAYS OF THUNDER: The City Chevrolet paint scheme made famous in the movie “Days of Thunder” will be back on the track this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Kurt Busch will use the paint scheme in Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at Daytona, where he will be driving for Phoenix Racing. It’s a tribute paint scheme for the one driven by Cole Trickle, played by Tom Cruise in the movie.

The tribute was made possible by Phoenix Racing, Hendrick Automotive Group, Busch and the Armed Forces Foundation, which will have its logo on the rear quarter panel to help draw attention to the “Help Save Our Troops” campaign that aids veterans with post-traumatic stress and brain injuries.

“To be able to drive the City Chevrolet car at Daytona is awesome,” Busch said. “I really appreciate everyone wanting to do something special for my last ride with Phoenix Racing. Being able to drive this iconic car in the Subway Firecracker 250 to raise awareness for the Armed Forces Foundation’s Help Save Our Troops campaign makes it all the more meaningful. I can’t wait to get out there, drop the hammer and maybe do a little rubbin’.”

Rick Hendrick was a technical adviser on “Days of Thunder,” and City Chevrolet is the flagship dealership he owns in Charlotte, N.C. The dealership was used as Trickle’s sponsor in the movie and the car owner portrayed by Randy Quaid was modeled after Hendrick.

“When Kurt approached me about running the City Chevrolet paint scheme at Daytona, I thought it was a fun idea,” said Hendrick. “City Chevrolet is our flagship store, and it holds a lot of meaning for me personally. Having the car featured in “Days of Thunder” was really special, and we still hear from fans about it.

“If Kurt drives anything like Tom (Cruise) did in the movie, we might see City Chevrolet in Victory Lane. That would be pretty exciting for me and everyone at Hendrick Automotive Group.”