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Hype for Daytona 500 over as favorites emerge

Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart lead a star-studded field
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<p> Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart lead a star-studded NASCAR field.</p>

A week of pomp and circumstance is nearly over in Daytona. On the eve of NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500, Cup cars roar around the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway in the final practice session of the week — known as Happy Hour — looking for that last little bit of speed. Or handling. Or integrity. Or answers of some sort.