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Stewart hopes for strong start

Updated: February 14, 2003, 10:11 PM ET
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Stewart DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Typical start for a defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion: arrive at Daytona after an off-season filled with personal appearances and get off to a slow start in the Daytona 500.

That's not what Tony Stewart has in mind in Sunday's 45th running of the biggest race of the NASCAR season.

Stewart never got a chance to put a decent lap on the board after his engine blew up on the warmup lap Monday. That meant he had to start at the back of the field in Thursday's ...

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