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NASCAR's tarnished week sparkles at finish

NASCAR's showcase Nextel Cup series had a roller coaster week, but the France family's enterprise definitely finished on a high note Sunday with a thrilling ride on motorsports' biggest stage, the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway.

In one of the most exciting finishes in recent memory, Kevin Harvick charged from the middle of the pack to beat Mark Martin to the finish line by two hundredths of a second while the cars behind them were careening off the wall and each other.

It was just what NASCAR needed after a week of scandal.

Five teams were busted for cheating in the week leading up to the race, including star driver Michael Waltrip, who tampered with his fuel before qualifying, and humiliated Toyota in its Nextel Cup debut.

Cheating stole the headlines leading up to Sunday's race, but the photo finish after a two-lap overtime dash relegated the scandal to the back burner and put racing back where it belongs — in the spotlight.

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