February 16, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (cbssportsline.com/AP) -- Mimicking Hendrick Motorsports' teamwork strategy, Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished 1-2 Saturday in the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Sunday's Daytona 500 is sure to feature even more teamwork.
"We worked with each other the whole race. That's something that, you know, we've learned that from the Hendrick guys," Stewart said. "And it just shows if you get two of these guys to work with each other, Kyle and I can. I think Kyle and I could have stayed up front all day no matter how many guys challenged."
Next up: Sunday's Daytona 500, a race expected to be a showdown between the powerful Hendrick Chevrolets and Gibbs Racing, which switched from the GM brand to Toyotas over the winter. Toyota took the top two spots Saturday, a day after getting the top four spots in the truck race.
Sunday, it will be Stewart, Busch and Denny Hamlin against Hendrick's all-star cast of Dale Earnhardt Jr., two-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears.
Earnhardt, who finished third Saturday, Johnson and Gordon are all former Daytona 500 winners. Gibbs' drivers still are looking for that first win in NASCAR's biggest event.