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Old School Meets the Chase: Bring Back the Crown Jewels

(Note: I originally wrote this article on Yahoo! Sports From the Marbles NASCAR blog) Once upon a time, NASCAR had a pre-Chase version of the Chase. Called the “Grand Slam” or the “Winston Million," they were the crown jewels of the sport. Winning three of NASCAR’s most prestigious races meant the driver would take home a cool one million dollar bonus. The "jewels" were as follows: the Daytona 500, the spring Talladega race (formerly known as the “Winston 500”), the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and the Darlington (Labor Day) Southern 500. The feat was only accomplished twice. Bill Elliott nabbed wins at all but Charlotte in the 1985 inaugural competition. Jeff Gordon scored victories in all of t...

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