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Stewart's 15-year NASCAR winning streak ends

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Driver Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. AP photo Driver Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. AP photo
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Tony Stewart's 15-year streak of winning at least one NASCAR race ended when he took his car to the garage late in Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    
The run began with a victory as a rookie on Sept. 11, 1999, at Richmond International Raceway, and is tied for fourth-best in NASCAR history. Richard Petty holds the record with 18 straight years.
    
Stewart had the worst season of his career and his struggles continued at Homestead. He fell a lap down early in the race, was never a threat and eventually parked the No. 41.
    
The three-time NASCAR champion's performance was below average even before he was involved in an Aug. 9 accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race.

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