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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Elimination Rule Creates 6 Pack of Winners, Already

The folks who make decisions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series knew their math and history when they raised the number of championship contenders from 12 to 16. Only twice in NASCAR history have there been more than 16 different winners in a season. In the past 10 years with the Chase format, 15 is the highest number of winners. The average is about 12. Six races into the 2014 season, six different winners have made it to Victory Lane. Those unique numbers would have been hard to expect from even calculating NASCAR executives. It will take a full season, maybe a few seasons, before the full effect of eliminations can be accurately assessed. But it seems the importance of a win and the knowledge of elimination consequences will change dr...

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