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

At the start of the Brickyard 400, NASCAR's elite drivers exit the fourth turn with hearts pounding as they speed through the crevice of fans, look toward the first turn that appears impossible with the sharp left turn, and they may not exhale until they reach the long backstretch. The Brickyard 400 may not be the most exciting race during the season, but next to the Daytona 500, it is certainly the most prestigious. NASCAR has been racing heavy stock cars at the Brickyard for 18 years now. The flat track built in 1909, was never meant to handle the bulky race machines, but rather open-wheel cars. The original track was a mixture of crushed rock that was quickly repaved with more than three million bricks. Today the history-rich track ...

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