Hornish said he grabbed a sandwich and tried to hydrate as much as I could. I think I drank 18 bottles of water knowing how hot it was down here."
He was doing an admirable job until a tire problem caused him to spin, bringing out the first caution just past the halfway point. Hornish finished 33rd, and Penske officials said they'll meet this week with Allmendinger to get a better understanding of the situation.
"We just cut down a tire and it came apart and tore the car all up," Hornish said. "I'm disappointed for the guys."
Stewart, meanwhile, picked up his third win of the season, which ties him for the most in the Sprint Cup Series with Keselowski. The defending series champion has won this race at Daytona four times in his career, all within the last eight years.
The victory made the three-time champion feel much better his chances to defend his title because Stewart feels he has enough wins to ensure a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
"It's not a guarantee, but it's nice to know we've got those three wins," he said. "I would think (the Chase) would be a virtual lock that we have those wins. Hopefully, we won't have to use them."
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