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NASCAR: The Evolution of the Sport (2006-Present)

In 2006, the International Speedway Corporation announced that the NASCAR Hall of Fame would be built in Charlotte, N.C. They also began introducing their "Car of Tomorrow" project to the public, which was designed to gradually move NASCAR races toward better safety and cost reduction. The new cars were to be fully phased in to all NASCAR events in 2009. On the track for 2006, Jimmie Johnson, who had driven well since his first season in 2002, finally put it all together, coming away as the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion. He has yet to relinquish his crown, winning an unprecedented four championships in a row. However, Johnson’s reign has not come without controversy.  In 2006, he won the Daytona 500 despite his crew chief, Chad Knaus, ...

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