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All eyes on Toyota in the Budweiser Shootout
Two Toyotas will run, and everyone will want to see what kind of strength they show. Most believe they were lying in the weeds and hiding their speed during testing. They're probably going to be much stronger than they were last month during Preseason Thunder. Dale Jarrett will be in one Camry with new crew chief Matt Borland, who used to be the head wrench for Ryan Newman's team. Crew chief Doug Richert and Brian Vickers will be the other new Toyota team trying to get their feet wet. If one car is a little better than your other car, you will save the better piece for the big money race, the Daytona 500. For most of the top-caliber teams, their second-best car isn't far off of their best car, but a win can certainly get your week and your season rolling. Obviously, last year's winner Denny Hamlin had an awesome season after starting the year in Daytona's victory lane. Of the 21 guys in the race, 12 to 14 have a legitimate shot at winning. Like any other restrictor plate race, it will come down to who makes the right move at the end and who can get out front, keeping the car down on the white line. You can expect Dale Earnhardt Jr. to be strong.
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