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Junior buzz casts shadow on Daytona pole-sitter Johnson

Reigning Cup champ Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the 2008 Daytona 500, but the buzz at the track Sunday was all about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s debut win for Hendrick Motorsports, writes David Newton.

Updated: February 10, 2008, 8:15 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A crew member from Dale Earnhardt Inc. patted the driver wearing the green and white fire suit on the back as he made his way through the tight row of cars just off pit road during Sunday's qualifying for the Daytona 500.

"Nice run last night," he said with a big smile.

Three steps later, the driver received congratulations from another crew member. Then another.

On a sunny afternoon when Jimmie Johnson won the pole for ...

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