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Why NASCAR Should Add Heat Races to Spice Up Boring On-Track Product

NASCAR's 20th trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not the most exciting race of the season. As has become a trend for Sprint Cup races in recent years, the Brickyard 400 was decided on pit road, not the track. In an effort to better the on-track product, NASCAR has changed the cars, introduced double-file restarts and implemented green-white-checker finishes with varying results. But there is one thing that NASCAR hasn't changed: the races. All one needs to do is look at the success of the Camping World Truck Series event at Eldora to see that answer. The inaugural Mudsummer Classic featured heat races, a last-chance qualifier and a short feature race broken into three segments. It was a huge success and would be just as successful ...

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