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What NASCAR’s Sprint All-Star Race Needs to Do to Bring Back the Excitement

For nearly 20 years, the Sprint All-Star Race—formerly known as The Winston from 1985 through 2003—was one of the high points of every NASCAR season. Sure, the big prize money to the winner (started at $200,000 and eventually grew to today’s standard of $1 million) was a big lure in the non-points race. But there were also bragging rights, and drivers let it all hang out, not needing to worry much about penalties or retribution that might occur in a points-paying race. That’s why whenever there’s a highlight reel of the All-Star Race, invariably many of the high points of the exhibition event stem from most of those first 18 annual races: * 1987’s “Pass in the Grass,” where Dale Earnhardt went...

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