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2012 Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. More Confident At Daytona This Year

NASCAR is about to enjoy their biggest weekend of the year in Daytona over the next few days and the biggest name in the field, at least among the fans, tends to always be Dale Earnhardt Jr. After some tough times over the past couple of years in NASCAR, Dale Jr. is more confident about the Daytona 500 this time around, according to CBS News.

"I do feel like I have a better shot at winning in this current style of racing," Earnhardt said Wednesday. "I do feel more confident than I did coming down here and tandem drafting. I never felt really great about that. It is a completely different style of racing and it's not what I enjoyed. I definitely feel better about this."

Dale Jr. is still the face of NASCAR in a lot of ways, and it is great for the sport when he is winning. So if he can have a good showing at Daytona this weekend, it would set the sport up for a very successful 2012 season moving forward.

For more on the Great American Race, check out SB Nation NASCAR's Daytona 500 stream, as well as NASCAR Ranting & Raving.

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