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Startup teams making noise at Daytona

Scott Riggs and Jeremy Mayfield making the Daytona 500 field proved one thing: You don't need a big-budget team to go fast.

Updated: February 13, 2009, 6:05 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tommy Baldwin was fidgety late Thursday afternoon. Between accepting congratulations from crew members and NASCAR officials to checking his countless text messages to making sure his car made it through postrace inspection, there wasn't enough of him to go around.

He wasn't complaining.

He was in the Daytona 500.

For a moment, the owner/crew chief of newly formed Tommy Baldwin Racing and his driver, Scott Riggs, made us all forget the economic downturn ...

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