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NASCAR drivers still get starstruck

Originally Published: February 24, 2012
By Bill Speros | Special to Page 2

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Danica Patrick, who makes her Daytona 500 debut on Sunday, would leave most fans starstruck in her presence. And she's had the same effect on at least one of her fellow drivers.

"I like hugging Danica Patrick; I get to hug Danica Patrick. I've even got a picture of me hugging Danica Patrick. I'm thankful for that," said two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, who drives the No. 40 Toyota and owns three cars racing Sunday.

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