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Stewart nips Bowyer at Daytona finish line

By: AP
By: AP
Tony Stewart (4) beats Clint Bowyer (33) to the finish line to win the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Dale Earnhardt Jr (5) and Landon Cassill (1) finish behind the leaders. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Tony Stewart (4) beats Clint Bowyer (33) to the finish line to win the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Dale Earnhardt Jr (5) and Landon Cassill (1) finish behind the leaders. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tony Stewart nipped Clint Bowyer at
the finish line to win the Nationwide Series race at Daytona
International Speedway for the fourth consecutive season.

Bowyer was leading with Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushing him around
the track, and Stewart was closing quickly on the outside with help
from Landon Cassill.

Earnhardt Jr. then set up his attempt to pass for the lead, and
Bowyer had to block. That allowed Stewart to come charging
alongside and nip him at the finish line by .007 seconds.

Bowyer finished second to give Kevin Harvick Inc. a 1-2 sweep in
Saturday's race.

Cassill was third, and Earnhardt Jr. was shuffled back to
fourth.

Danica Patrick finished seventh.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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