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Stewart pleased despite tough loss

In perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, Tony Stewart wasn't mad about losing the Daytona 500, he was happy about how strong he ran.

Updated: February 21, 2005, 12:00 AM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Stewart DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- All of the ingredients were there for a Tony Stewart blowup at the Daytona 500: One part most laps led, two parts getting shuffled back at the end to lose the race, and add a pinch of getting nudged by Jimmie Johnson into another car with two laps to go and just about everyone thought a knuckle sandwich was grilling inside that No. 20 Chevrolet of Stewart's.

Alas, all that emerged was a relative cupcake of an on-track tap after the race.

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