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Talladega: NASCAR Needs New Blueprint for Restrictor-Plate Racing

David Ragan's chances of winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at most tracks in 2013 is probably comparable to that of a donkey in the Kentucky Derby.He drives for a low budget team without the resources, experience or talented crew that would put them on par with teams like Hendrick Motorsports or Penske Racing. That financial and technological gap is enough to make Ragan, a talented wheelman in NASCAR's top series with former big team experience, finish about 20th or worse nearly every week.But Ragan—just like the vast majority of drivers in Sunday's race—didn't need that achievement to stay in position to win. Instead, he just needed to stay in the race's draft, out of the big accidents caused by the draft and carry NASCAR...

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