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2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Format Was a Good Idea, but It Did Not Work

Not 12 hours after five-time Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson cruised to victory for the second week in a row, NASCAR fans were left clamoring for the sport to make yet another change. Not to the cars, the schedule or the points system, but to the oft-tweaked NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The 2012 format for NASCAR's annual exhibition event looked great on paper. The All-Star Race, which consists of the best drivers in the sport, would be made up of five segments. The first four would be 20 laps apiece, with the fifth and final segment being a 10-lap shootout. Furthermore, the winners of the first four segments, respectively, would line up first-through-fourth coming onto pit road for the mandatory pit stop prior to the final segment. The ide...

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