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FOYT STARTS 40TH, BUT HE’LL BE RACING

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A.J. Foyt did have an alternate plan. If he didn't make the qualifying cut, he was going to go back to his suite and watch the race on television Saturday.

But Foyt's best-laid plan panned out Friday.When the green flag drops on the inaugural Brickyard 400 at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Foyt figures to have one of the best seats at overflowing Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although his view of good buddy Rick Mast, the pole-sitter, might be somewhat impeded, he isn't complaining.

Foyt went out two-thirds of the way through the 51 drivers who attempted second-round qualifying. His one-lap effort around the 2.5-mile speedway was 168.596 mph.

That had him in 35th and on the bubble.

"We were hoping to run a little faster than we did," Foyt said. "We kind of threaded the needle."

Foyt, 59, earned the 40th and last spot up for grabs, beating Joe Ruttman by three one-thousandths of a second.