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NASCAR: Earnhardt Prepares to Defend Daytona Title

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posted on Jan, 17 2005 @ 02:08 PM
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The car in which Dale Earnhardt Jr. won last year's Daytona 500 is in a museum, to be reclaimed only after the Nextel Cup season opener next month.

But Earnhardt, who also has a new crew chief this year, is filled with confidence.

"We've got a brand new car," he said Wednesday during a break in NASCAR's preseason testing session at Daytona International Speedway. "The new car was pretty decent, and I was really happy with it.

"I think the cars draft well. If we have to start near the back we'll just cut up through the pack."

He has reason to be optimistic about such a move. He and Dale Earnhardt Inc. teammate Michael Waltrip have won five of the last eight races on the 2 1/2-mile oval.

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