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Denny Hamlin Won The Shootout, Not Busch: Yellow Line Controversy Sparks

At the end of the Budweiser Shootout, NASCAR declared the winner of the race to be Kurt Busch, due to Denny Hamlin going beneath the yellow line, according to their ruling. However, after reviewing the tape, several fans have found that the real winner is actually Hamlin. When Hamlin made his move to pass Ryan Newman for the lead, he was above the line when his nose was past that of Newman's. He then went down below all the way, in his words, to avoid a wreck. This debate surrounding the yellow line rule for the restrictor plate tracks has been around ever since it was introduced. Even in its first race at the 2001 Pepsi 400, the rule was broken. Most agree that it does serve a purpose. However, in later years, it has actually hindered the ...

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