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Drivers tackle the boredom -- and the Car of Tomorrow -- at Daytona testing

Daytona testing a cure for insomnia? Not quite. NASCAR's annual rite of winter is often a drag for the drivers, but the results can be invaluable, writes David Newton.

Updated: January 9, 2008, 3:50 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Clint Bowyer was bored. He'd just finished running a dozen or so laps around Daytona International Speedway and felt like little more than a passenger as he got out of his car so his crew could work on the setup.

He wondered whether it was worth going back onto the track until he looked over his shoulder and saw somebody pouring concrete.

"I said, 'Well, it can always be worse. I'll get back in,'" Bowyer said.

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