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Few drivers want to take chances in Daytona 500 twin qualifying races

  • Parker Kligerman (30) gets airborne as he is involved in a crash with Ryan Truex (83), Paul Menard (27), and Dave Blaney (77) during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/News-Journal, Nigel Cook)

    Parker Kligerman (30) gets airborne as he is involved in a crash with Ryan Truex (83), Paul Menard (27), and Dave Blaney (77) during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/News-Journal, Nigel Cook)  (The Associated Press)

  • Parker Kligerman (30) gets airborne as he is involved in a crash with Ryan Truex (83), Paul Menard (27), and Dave Blaney (77) during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/News-Journal, Nigel Cook)

    Parker Kligerman (30) gets airborne as he is involved in a crash with Ryan Truex (83), Paul Menard (27), and Dave Blaney (77) during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/News-Journal, Nigel Cook)  (The Associated Press)

  • Parker Kligerman (30) slides on his roof after crashing during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 ,as Dave Blaney (77) drives past. (AP Photo/News-Journal, Nigel Cook)

    Parker Kligerman (30) slides on his roof after crashing during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 ,as Dave Blaney (77) drives past. (AP Photo/News-Journal, Nigel Cook)  (The Associated Press)

Don't look for defending Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson to take many chances in Thursday's qualifying race.

Johnson already wrecked one car in the exhibition Sprint Unlimited last week and really likes the Chevrolet his team has prepped and ready for "The Great American Race" on Sunday.

So Johnson was one of a handful of drivers who turned few laps in the two practice sessions Wednesday.

He says he doesn't want to risk wrecking his car, and Hendrick Motorsports having to call for the backup to be sent from North Carolina.