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The Speedway's decision to select Trump for this coveted honor in Gov. Mitch Daniels' backyard must have the Daniels' camp seething. Trump has indicated his inclination to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He could draw money and supporters from a potential Daniels' presidential bid. Today's announcement comes on the heels of a new poll released for the nation's first primary election, New Hampshire, which shows Trump soaring ahead of all of his potential Republican rivals, except for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had been expected to win the state in 2008 before John McCain pulled a big upset win over him. A Public Policy Polling poll shows Trump tailing Romney by only 6 points, 27 percent to 21 percent. Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee trailed far behind, tied for 12 percent each. All other contenders polled in single digits.