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NASCAR at Charlotte 2016: Preview, Prediction for the Sprint Showdown

Skim off the cream line from milk in its purest form and you get the Sprint Showdown—a shootout of the also-rans from the Sprint Cup series. This gives them a fair shot at the All-Star Race, which follows on Saturday night, and it also gives these drivers a chance to compete, not just gum up traffic. Drivers like Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson would argue against that, but other drivers like Danica Patrick, Cole Whitt and Reed Sorenson can use the reps around Charlotte Motor Speedway to improve, maybe even sneak into the race in one of the three flights. The winners of the three showdowns (20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps) earn spots in the All-Star Race with one driver earning a spot based on a fan vote. Let’s get moving o...

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