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NASCAR Sprint Cup: 10 Lessons We Learned at the Brickyard 400

When NASCAR's elite series comes to the Brickyard each year, it is about more than history and prestige. The flat 2.5-mile track is a test for drivers and teams with strategy and edgy cars that are fast. The nine-degree banking in each turn may look the same, but each has its own character. Coming down the front stretch and into Turn 1 looks somewhat like heading into a tunnel with the grandstands overpowering the track and the quick left turn. Finding balance on a car is critical, because this track requires running full throttle—as much as possible—to get off the turns for the long straightaways. Teams find this one of the more technical tracks. Passing can be tough, so the driver who wins maintained great track position ...

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