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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Offseason Is for Fans, Not for Teams

When NASCAR fans are winterized without races during the dormant weeks between mid-November and mid-February, NASCAR teams are thrashing to get the best cars ready for the long 2011 season. Okay, team members and shop technicians do get Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks to share with family and friends, but the cold days of the year are hot production moments. Time wasted here would doom a dedicated team hoping to fill the summer months with wins and top finishes. Already the Goodyear tire test on the new Daytona track has that company preparing the best tire for the new surface.  Some NASCAR drivers got a taste of the new smooth track and more will know it soon during testing from Jan. 20 to Jan.23.  Fans can enjoy Preseason Thund...

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