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Posted: Saturday, February 15th 2014 at 5:11pm

Engine trouble for Stewart, Patrick in practice

By The Associated Press
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Smoke comes from the car of Danica Patrick, as she and teammate Tony Stewart both suffered engine failure during Saturday's praced for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500. Bobby Labonte also suffered engine failure. / Photo: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (AP) Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick blew engines during Daytona 500 practice Saturday.

HScott Motorsports driver Bobby Labonte also had an engine failure, creating concern that Hendrick Motorsports may have engine issues. Stewart, Patrick and Labonte all lease engines from Hendrick, which also fields cars for Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

Stewart says he's "not really concerned about it. ... Pretty confident it'll be fine."

After changing engines, Stewart, Patrick and Labonte will have to start at the rear of the field in their qualifying races next Thursday.

Though Hendrick drivers had no engine problems, Johnson, Gordon, Earnhardt and Kahne seemed to be down on horsepower.

The fastest Hendrick driver during the first practice was Gordon, who was 21st on the speed chart.
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