The teams that participate in the pre-Daytona 500 all-star race known as the Budweiser Shootout have always loved to downplay the importance of getting on the track a full week ahead of the Great American Race.
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Ryan McGee is a senior writer with ESPN The Magazine. He started with ESPN
in 1994 working on the production staff of the show "RPM2Night,"during which
time he began contributing to The Mag. From 2001-03 he produced "Totally
NASCAR" on FOX Sports Net and for five years served as editor in chief at
NASCAR Media Group, winning two Sports Emmys and penning the script for the
documentary film "Dale".