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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - The 2007 Daytona 500
NAPA Auto Parts said Thursday it will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the year, the latest fallout from the team's attempt to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into NASCAR's version of the playoffs.
Perfect so far at Speedweeks, Kevin Harvick has positioned himself as the favorite to win the Daytona 500.
There are two certainties heading into the Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick is the favorite, and no one is sure what the action will look like in the "Great American Race."
Harvick won the first Daytona 500 qualifying race on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, where he also won an exhibition race last weekend. It positions Harvick, the 2007 Daytona 500 winner, as a top contender in Sunday's season-opening "Great American Race."