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Today in History: February 16

February 16, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

2003: Casey Mears makes his Cup debut in the Daytona 500 in Chip Ganassi's No. 41 Dodge and finishes 27th in the rain-shortened race. Michael Waltrip gets the win when the race is stopped after 109 of 200 laps. Mears has a difficult rookie season, failing to post a top-10 and failing to finish 10 races. His best finish is 15th at Las Vegas, the third race of the season.