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2011 NASCAR Logic: Is Two-Car Drafting Really That Much of a Leap Forward?

Earnhardt/Patrick, KyBusch/Logano, Stewart/Bowyer, KyBusch/Rogers, Cassill/Keselowski...everybody's playing doubles this weekend and will continue to do so throughout the year—minus the short tracks. The COTT is bringing out random cooperation in everybody. I just wanna know, can anyone explain to is this a new thing? Correct me if I am incorrect, but even under the old cars, didn't bump drafting always make cars go faster? I, for one, have seen many a Talladega race where Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have been about 30 laps to go, in the 25-40 range, to link up and find themselves in the top five within three laps. The speed boost wasn't nearly as high as it is with these new cars, but there was an inarguable one. So what ...

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