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Great idea hatched, but then largely ditched

NASCAR's alternate exit, or roof hatch, was a 21st century safety breakthrough but has gone mostly unused for a number of reasons since it was introduced in 2003.

Updated: July 23, 2008, 11:32 AM ET
By Ellen Siska | Special to ESPN.com

Michael Waltrip's excitement was literally "through the roof" after winning at Talladega Speedway in September 2003. Celebrating in the infield, Waltrip emerged from his car via what NASCAR terms an "alternate exit," a roof hatch.

Since then, however, the optional roof hatch is a virtual no-show at the racetrack. What happened?

According to one source who wanted to remain anonymous, "If it's optional and it doesn't make the car go faster, we don't use it."

But it's not quite ...

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