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Daytona 500 2012: Restored Pack Racing Will Cause Controversy

By restoring the Daytona 500's "pack mentality" this year, NASCAR has put the fans before the drivers.And, judging by Saturday's Budweiser Shootout exhibition, there are bound to be plenty of upset drivers after Sunday's big race.NASCAR's new rules this year force drivers into pack racing, which caused three multi-car wrecks on Saturday, including an eight-car pileup near the end that left Jeff Gordon upside down.We've seen what happens when NASCAR values ratings over safety. Gordon himself was very outspoken after Dan Wheldon's tragic death in October, saying he was concerned about NASCAR's oval tracks.Gordon said after Wheldon's crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, via the LA Times: Under the current conditions, I wouldn't say that the cars...

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