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Danica Patrick’s romance talk of Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Who would have thought that, on Valentine’s Day, romance would dominate any talk about racing at Daytona International Speedway?

But any discussion about NASCAR’s next-generation car (the Gen-6) or its next-generation champion (Brad Keselowski) took a back seat to the sizzling topic du jour: the on- and off-track relationship between Sprint Cup drivers Danica Patrick, 30, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 25, who appear poised to engage in one of the most interesting Rookie of the Year competitions since Matt Kenseth beat out Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the honor in 2000.

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