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Gatorade Duels at Daytona 2011: NASCAR Needs To Go Back To the Old System

Thursday is the Gatorade Duels at Daytona. The Thursday before the Daytona 500 used to be one of the biggest days in racing. In what was arguably the most ingenious move ever made by the France Family, they decided that the biggest even on the schedule was too big to get in just by running a couple of qualifying laps. You had to race your way in. What a concept! Make the guys run about a quarter of the race distance against half of the potential field and earn a starting spot. Think of the drama. It's not necessarily about who has the fastest car when out there by himself for two laps, it's about who the best racers are. That's who gets in the Great American Race. And it worked. The crowds on Thursday were as big as the crowds on Sunday. An...

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