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Tire issues aside, at least NASCAR put on a competitive show

NASCAR isn't the first league to face a tire crisis on race day. Look at the CART debacle at Texas in 2001 and the F1 embarrassment at Indy three years ago. At least NASCAR ran a competitive race (sort of), writes Terry Blount.

Updated: August 5, 2008, 3:30 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Give NASCAR some credit. At least they ran a race (well, sort of) with a full field Sunday at Indianapolis.

That's more than we can say about the Formula One event at Indy in 2005 or the CART event at Texas Motor Speedway in 2001.

The U.S. Grand Prix F1 race at the Brickyard three years ago also had major tire issues when all the Michelin teams decided not to compete. That led to Michael Schumacher earning the easiest victory of his remarkable career, a laughable ...

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