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Did Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Talladega Race Expose a Problem with Chase Qualifying?

Whether you are outraged or pleased by the controversial decision by Dale Earnhardt Jr. to hold back rather than go aggressively for the win late in the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, there is another legitimate question the incident brought to bear. Earnhardt openly admitted afterward to Tom Jensen of Fox Sports that he lingered back in part because he already has one win this season and probably won't need another to get into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but did this admission expose a possible problem with NASCAR's new rules governing who qualifies for the Chase? The disturbing answer is yes. As in "it is possible." But honestly it is hard to imagine what Earnhardt did becoming an epidemic in...

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