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Why NASCAR Should Keep Restrictor Plates Intact at Talladega, Daytona

When several NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers eclipsed 200 mph during Friday's early practice session and then again during Saturday's qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway, it got folks talking. And, of course, the topic was one that has been argued now for more than a quarter-century: Why can't NASCAR remove restrictor plates from Cup cars at Talladega and Daytona? Ironically enough, just a few hours before Martin Truex Jr. (200.721 mph), Justin Allgaier (200.666), 2013 'Dega spring race winner David Ragan (200.599), Marcos Ambrose (200.540) and super rookie Kyle Larson (200.372) all exceeded 200 mph, a major news story broke 500 miles away in Daytona Beach. The International Speedway Corporation, parent company of NASCAR, had reached an undisc...

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