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Why NASCAR Needs to Take Sprint All-Star Race on the Road

A rule change for this year's NASCAR all-star event is meant to stymie others from replicating how five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson played last year's rules to his advantage. Johnson won last year's first heat race to guarantee himself the pole position for the final sprint—and then sandbagged through the remaining parts.The method worked like a charm and made Johnson just the third three-time winner of the much-hyped event.Fans weren't entirely pleased, and NASCAR listened. The rules for 2013 now seed that final 10-lap sprint based on average finish among the four heat races.Next year, officials need to take even more drastic action to take the marquee event from good to great.NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race needs to hit the ro...

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