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The ins and outs of impound races

Impound races restricting car setups between the end of qualifying and the beginning of the race were introduced with hopes of improving competition.

Updated: June 21, 2007, 9:42 AM ET
By Ellen Siska | Special to ESPN.com

Five of the 36 races on the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule are impound races. Those events are both races at Richmond, both races at Talladega, and the July Daytona race. But what exactly is an impound race?

It's pretty simple. At an impound race, car setups are not allowed to be changed between the time race qualifying ends and the race begins. The cars are "impounded" by NASCAR during that time, with work allowed only under special circumstances and with the prior approval of NASCAR. ...

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