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Decoding the race day flags

Here's a look at all the flags and what they mean when the flagman waves them during Nextel Cup races.

Updated: June 20, 2007, 7:39 PM ET
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NASCAR has one person holding the most important and closely watched job at each Nextel Cup race. It's the flagman, who has a palette of flags from which to communicate the wishes and demands of race officials.

Here is a rundown of the flags waved from high atop the start-finish line at each race:

Green -- Like a green light signaling go, this signals the start of the race. Before the green flag flies, a pace car with flashing yellow lights on top leads the field around the track ...

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