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Was Playing It Safe the Right Strategy for 2013 Chase Drivers at Talladega?

As the old saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." And if Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway were to have a musical theme, it would be The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again." That aptly describes how the final laps of Sunday's race were definitely un-Talladega-like. Where were the last 10 to 20 laps of three- and even four-wide racing? Where were the bonsai moves by drivers willing to risk life and limb to get to the front? Where were the two-car tandems? Where was the pushing and shoving to the front? Where was the draft? Instead, we watched an outcome that was a follow-the-leader routine in a primarily single-file finish. I'm not saying that was bad, but … What happened to the ...

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