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Coasting to 2nd makes for good night at Daytona

Updated: July 8, 2013, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JENNA FRYER

AP Auto Racing Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tony Stewart coasted for at least 250 miles at Daytona International Speedway, where he hardly worked up a sweat until the final hour of the race.

It's a game he hates to play, dropping to the back of the pack at restrictor-plate races to casually circle the track lap after lap. The strategy of waiting until the end of the race to make a frantic, final push goes against his fundamentals of racing.

But ...

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