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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Bizarre Contract Year Unpredictable and More Than Silly

One element remains constant about change in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage—it’s expected and constant. It's called the silly season for good reasons. But the months leading up to the 2012 season seemed to be rife with driver changes, crew chief moves and team closures.The coveted 43 seats in the top racing series in motorsports are always rare and special. Each ride has only one crew chief or 43 pit box seats. Many capable drivers and crew chiefs never rise to that top level because of the scarcity of positions. Actually, the volatile 2011 silly season during the waning weeks of the season and first weeks of the offseason was preceded by some solid adjustments. Kasey Kahne had a productive Red Bull year while his 2012 Hendrick Mo...

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