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Shorter distances, Western Swing make Denver a critical race

The beginning of the Western Swing outside Denver is always an important time of the season. Add new restrictions, including a shorter race track, and this weekend's contest could be downright critical, Ron Capps writes in his diary.

Updated: July 10, 2008, 9:47 PM ET
By Ron Capps | Special to ESPN.com

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This weekend we will be at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., which is just outside of Denver.

As its name indicates, we will be racing at a mile-high altitude, and that brings with it its own challenges -- along with having to run the new "safer" chassis, the new Goodyear tire and, of course, to only the 1,000-foot mark.

Denver was already going to be a pivotal race because of these mandated changes. It is now ...

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