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Vickers says Daytona start a measure of where team is

Updated: March 14, 2006, 5:21 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

If Jimmie Johnson could do it, then that meant anybody could. That's the thought that ran through Hendrick Motorsports fans' minds after Johnson immediately found success in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series.

It's not that Johnson isn't an extraordinary talent. It was just that Hendrick fans spent so long wondering why Jeff Gordon could be so dominant while the remainder of the stable struggled. Outside of Terry Labonte's championship season of 1996, there wasn't much success for Hendrick outside ...

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