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Earnhardt Jr. says Shootout's final segment should have been shortened

Updated: August 30, 2008, 1:28 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

FONTANA, Calif. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. said NASCAR made one big mistake in its changes to the Budweiser Shootout All-Star race at Daytona by not shortening the length of the final segment.

"Fifty laps at the end is way too long," Earnhardt said Friday. "We're all just going to ride around out there for the first 30 laps. The last segment should be 10 laps. Now that's a shootout, but NASCAR just doesn't get it."

On Tuesday NASCAR officials announced changes to the format for ...

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