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Is 7 Races Too Little To Lose Rookie Status in NASCAR?

In the three major NASCAR touring series (and most other NASCAR series) it is easy to tell the rookies from the rest of the pack, simply because they carry a bumper wide yellow strip on the back of their car. Most rookies carry this for a whole season, identifying the first year drivers from Daytona to Homestead. So it would seem that to be a rookie it would take somewhere around the 36 race mark until the yellow stripes can disappear from the back bumper. However, those yellow stripes can come off a lot sooner. If a driver races in more than seven races in one season, and then comes back, the yellow stripes can disappear. So should the yellow stripes come off sooner? If the driver qualifies for the first seven races then should the yellow ...

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