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Tony Stewart wrecks in Pocono practice ... again

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Will it be a case of déjà vu all over again for Tony Stewart at Pocono Raceway? For the second consecutive race at the 2.5-mile speedway, Stewart has switched to a backup car after wrecking in practice. This time, Stewart lost control of his No. 14 Chevrolet in Turn 3 and crashed early Saturday morning on his first lap of practice at Pocono of the day. "I just ... I screwed up," Stewart said. "I got in too deep and got loose and couldn't save it." Being the championship leader entering the weekend, Stewart was slated to start on pole in Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 as rain washed out qualifying and the starting lineup was set via the owner standings. The very same thing happened last time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited Pocono and Stewart went from the rear of the field to win the race. Including Stewart's Pocono win, a driver has won after starting from the rear of the field four times this season. "I know we can do it," Stewart said. "I tore up a really good race car today." The No. 14 team was able to get the backup car ready shortly before the end of the first of two practice sessions Saturday and Stewart was able to complete 11 laps, setting a fast lap of 164.237 mph (21st best overall). The team switched to chassis No. 14-487, which is a carryover chassis from the former Haas CNC team, with a new front clip and body installed prior to the 2009 season. Stewart tested Chassis No. 14-487 with its new clip and body on Jan. 14, 2009 at New Smyrna Speedway in preparation for its first start of 2009 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. There, it qualified sixth and finished seventh. It was fitted with a new nose and tested in the wind tunnel in preparation for its seventh career start at Darlington Raceway, where it qualified 18th and delivered a third-place finish — Stewart's best result in 17 career Sprint Cup starts at Darlington. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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