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Stewart, Newman Wreck In Daytona 500 Practice

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman wrecked during the final Daytona 500 practice, tearing up Stewart-Haas Racing's two cars before Sunday's season-opening race.

Newman, the defending Daytona 500 winner, lost his right rear tire Saturday and his car spun out of control. Stewart, his car owner, was trailing tightly around Daytona International Speedway and couldn't avoid running into him.

Both drivers had to go to backup cars, and both were livid with Goodyear.

They blamed the tiremaker for providing a poor product that cost them their race cars before NASCAR's biggest event of the year.

"Same stuff that we always talk about every year, failures Goodyear has," said Stewart, who frequently takes the tiremaker to task. "I think that's part of their marketing campaign - the more we talk about it, the more press they get.

"But, I think they forget it's supposed to be in a good way, not a bad way."

Stewart, a two-time series champion, turned to the car he drove to a third-place finish in last week's Budweiser Shootout. But by going to a backup, he forfeited his fifth-place starting spot.

Newman needed his second backup of Speedweeks: He wrecked two others since arriving in Daytona.

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