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Stuck in Reverse?: Why NASCAR Doesn’t Seem To Be on the Right Track

It was a hot, muggy night in 1992 at Richmond International Raceway. Rusty Wallace had come from two laps down (in the days before wave-arounds and lucky dogs) and Darrell Waltrip was leading the race. Richmond's jewel had a brand new asphalt surface that was slick and fast. Wallace dived for the bottom of the track out of two and pulled alongside Waltrip halfway down the short back stretch. He nosed ahead coming out of three. Waltrip took it back coming out of four. Wallace pulled back in front between one and two. This went on for 20 laps. Finally on the white-flag lap Wallace cleared the 17 in the middle of the backstretch and slid up in front of Waltrip to take the checkers at the start finish line. There was never contact between the t...

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