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Daytona 500: The Ups and Downs of the Big Race

The Daytona 500 is the first and most exciting race of the NASCAR season. NASCAR drivers are required to race with restrictor plates in their engine to keep the speeds from getting dangerously high. As a result, the cars race closer together, creating much more action than the average race. In NASCAR restrictor plate racing, there is something known as "the draft." The draft is what enables the cars to race so tightly packed together. Because of the draft, it doesn't take much for a driver to go from the front to the back of the pack, or vice versa. If a driver falls out of the pack, their chances of winning the race could be eliminated. Daytona is notorious for what is known as the big one. It got its name because the cars race so clos...

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