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Yates, Penske lead charge vs. Chevy
As Darrell Waltrip said early in Speedweeks, it's almost like we spent 2006 looking ahead to the changes in 2007, from the Car of Tomorrow to the arrival of Toyota and Juan Pablo Montoya running a full-blown Nextel Cup schedule as a rookie of the year candidate. Sixty-one cars showed up at Daytona, and only one second separated pole-sitter David Gilliland from Brian Vickers in 45th place. When the cars get in the draft on Sunday, it's going to make the competition even closer because the draft is the equalizer. Chevrolet has had a stranglehold on this race track and the Daytona 500. They've won four of the last five Great American Races, but it's not because the Bowties have better aero or engines. There are just more Chevys than any other manufacturer working with these restrictor plate packages. Not to exclude the new kids on the block, Toyota, but they are the Fords and Dodges look like they are catching up. They swept the first four positions in qualifying. In the Budweiser Shootout, Gilliland looked awfully good in a Ford, and Kurt Busch looked good.
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