Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 2/26/12
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When I look at the guys that are starting the Daytona 500 Sunday on FOX -- guys like Joe Nemechek, Dave Blaney and Michael McDowell who are on such limited resources -- it really is one of the feel-good stories of Speedweeks here in Daytona. These guys will receive at minimum a little more than $250,000 each for starting the race Sunday. Now obviously to one of the top-tier teams, like Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing or Roush-Fenway Racing for example, that isn't a lot of money. To drivers like Joe, Dave, Michael and their teams, with the way they are forced to race, that kind of money is huge and can get them well down the road with their budget. Is it realistically going to allow them to run competitively in the next two to three races on the schedule? No, not really. The big benefit however is with these restrictor plate races, anyone can run up front, anyone can finish in the top five and quite honestly, anyone can win. Just look who finished third last year in...
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