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NASCAR Sprint Unlimited at Daytona: Can We Pick a Format and Stick to It Please?

In 1979 when the first "Busch Clash" was run at the Daytona International Speedway, it was really simple. The race was a 20-lap shootout between drivers who won a pole the year before. So it was easy to follow. All during the season, when a driver won a pole, you knew he was now going to be in next year's Busch Clash.But as they years wore on, NASCAR started tweaking the event. At first, the tweaks were needed because the race was so short that drawing a top spot was almost mandatory if a driver wanted to win. So they came up with the idea to invert the field at the halfway point and pay a fat bonus for leading halfway.It sounded good at the time but what it created was an incentive to "sandbag" in the first segment to get up front in the s...

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