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Daytona International Speedway

A team in name only

Once upon a time, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were like blood brothers. Linked together, literally, chasing speed and the finish line as one. To the victor went the spoils. In Earnhardt's case, it was a pallet of beer for pushing Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson to victory at Talladega. But a few months later, any beer that's left will only chase down the misery of what happened last weekend at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson left Earnhardt hanging on the final laps of the race, after crew chief Chad Knaus called Johnson into the pits. It left Earnhardt without a vital playmate in the tandem racing game, as drivers need to be linked in...