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Danica-mania a boost for NASCAR, too

Updated: February 10, 2010, 7:51 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Only a few reporters, less than a quarter of the normal crowd, were waiting when four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon emerged from his hauler Wednesday.

"I expected a small crowd," Gordon said. 'Nothing big happening over here."

It was that way around the Cup garage.

There was more interest in IndyCar Series star Danica Patrick and her Nationwide Series debut than in any other driver or practice for Thursday's 150-mile qualifying races that will determine ...

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