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Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson hopes for Dover dominance in 500th start

Jimmie Johnson was still only a prospect in NASCAR's developmental series when he tried to work up the nerve to talk to Jeff Gordon. Johnson wanted to introduce himself to Gordon and ask for career advice, a chance to pick the brain of one of racing's greats. What he didn't know during that fateful August 2000 meeting was Gordon already knew him. Not only did Gordon have advice, he had a pitch — Hendrick Motorsports was going to expand to four cars and Johnson was their man. "From that moment on, my head spun around on my shoulders," Johnson said. Johnson's been turning heads on the track ever since he landed a ride with racing powerhouse Hendrick...