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IRL-Nextel Cup twin bill 'not going to happen'

An IndyCar-Nextel Cup doubleheader almost makes too much sense. But Texas Motor Speedway boss Eddie Gossage says that'll never happen, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: April 10, 2007, 5:07 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

IRL team owner John Barnes was 100 percent right when he said the league needs to run some companion events with a Nextel Cup weekend.

Publicly, IRL officials say they don't want to run second fiddle to a Cup race. But three years ago, the IRL wanted to run a Saturday race at Michigan Speedway and California Speedway on Cup weekends at those tracks.

The IRL put on some spectacular races at those 2-mile ovals in the past, but few people attended the events. IRL officials thought ...

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