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Lengthy Weather Delay Is Latest Example of NASCAR’s Hardheadedness

Let's face it. Even if NASCAR is likely to attempt to spin it any other way, this has been a really rough start to the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. A week of alleged cheating followed by confusion, a record fine, unprecedented penalties and post-race alterations followed by half-apologies and a flurry of mixed messages, late additions to the Chase field and, finally, a last-minute rule change all preceded the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. And then the rains came. The start to the Chase opener was delayed by roughly 90 minutes, but that was nothing. After the first 109 laps were in the books—just 25 laps before the halfway mark, which would have made the results official, even if they didn't get back on the track&mdas...

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