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Chef Mario Batali and other celebs pick Daytona 500 winner

Here are the picks:

“Jimmie Johnson is a 4-peat NASCAR hero, captain of the carburetors, the Teddy Roosevelt of the track , the Cole Porter of the oval road, the Abe Lincoln of the accelerator.  There simply no better performer on the grand stage in any sport.” -- Super Chef Mario Batali

“I will pick Kevin Harvik. He has won there before, he’s won the 500.  He won the Shoot-Out last year to start the season.  He seems like he always runs well there.” --Philadelphia Flyers forward Jeff Carter
 
 "My pick is Tony Stewart. When I drove the pace car at the Daytona 500 I spent some time with Tony and really enjoyed it. I have gained a great appreciation for the drivers and
the skills that they possess." --  Cal Ripken Jr., baseball Hall-of-Famer
 
 
“Tony Stewart, my favorite driver, rises to the occasion in big races.  Daytona is the Super Bowl of racing and he knows how to perform in those settings. It’s going to be a fun season. We’re planning to have a fantasy league amongst the linebackers on the team this year.” -- Ben Leber, Minnesota Vikings Linebacker
 
“Jimmie Johnson.  The guy is a stud.  14 wins in two years?  How can you go wrong with JJ?” --  Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins 
 

"I've raced Fords for Jack Roush so I've got to go with Carl Edwards." --  Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner
 
"This is the year of the elder statesmen like Brett Favre,  Mark Martin and me.  So I'm picking the No. 5 chevy" --  Emmy Award winner Jim Belushi
 
 
Jimmie Johnson – His dominance in the sport and his pit stop’s ability make him unstoppable.  He is the best driver in the history of the sport.  He’ll kill it.  -- Warren Sapp, former NFL star and analyst on SHOWTIME’s INSIDE THE NFL

"Mark Martin is my pick. He races for Hendrick, he's got a lot of experience, and they're going to make a major charge to try to make him a champion this year, and they'll be dead ready. Jimmie Johnson races for Hendrick also, and he'll be the one to beat. If Martin can beat Jimmie Johnson, he'll win." -- Chip Woolley, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird: 
 
 
I'm going with Juan Pablo Montoya.  He's a talented, gutsy driver and I like the sexy Columbian accent. -- Author Janet Evanovich
 

"Jimmie Johnson will win the D500 because he's always calm under pressure," -- Steve Austin.

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