- Associated Press - Sunday, February 24, 2013

No one will be more eager than Carl Edwards to get out of Daytona.

The No. 99 team had a brutal month leading up to the NASCAR season opener, wrecking four times.

Make it five.

Edwards was caught up in a crash heading into turn one at the Daytona 500, another case of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Trevor Bayne bumped Brad Keselowski from behind, which sent the No. 21 car sliding sideways.

With nowhere to go, Edwards was sent into the outside wall.

_ Paul Newberry _ http://www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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SMOKE STEAMS: Tony Stewart has returned to the track at the Daytona 500.

But he’s pretty much assured of going 0-for-15 in NASCAR’s biggest race.

Stewart was 82 laps behind the leaders when he rolled out of the garage after an early crash. His frustration was never more evident than when he joined in the repair effort, banging on his No. 14 car with a hammer during the long stint in the paddock.

“To hell with the season,” Stewart said. “I wanted to win the Daytona 500. We had a car that we could pass with today. We were passing cars by ourselves. I was so happy with our car, was just waiting for it to all get sorted out again. I don’t know what started it, but we just got caught up in another wreck.”

Stewart’s misfortune came a day after he won the lower-division Nationwide race _ his 19th career triumph at Daytona.

None of them have come in the race he really wants.

_ Paul Newberry _ http://www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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