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Talladega 2011: 3 Wide by 2 Deep, a Drafting Breakdown

In a three-wide thriller of a finish at Talladega, fans were treated to a spectacle that competitively pitted age against youth, dominant leading strategies against others more patient, and in some cases, teammate against teammate.  All were represented in the top five finishers, all within a fraction of a second of the winner.  Long beloved for three-plus wide racing, Talladega is also one of two restrictor plate race tracks now becoming known for an added dimension in lining up racing cars:  "two deep." Not regarded a favorite drafting style by NASCAR's elitest drivers, "two deep" refers to the practice of restrictor plated cars racing in full contact, pushing pairs to be competitive.  Unlike traditional drafting ...

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