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NASCAR modifies restart rules

Updated: February 12, 2009, 12:18 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR will implement single-file restarts over the final 20 laps instead of the final 10 in all three series during the 2009 season, officials said on Thursday.

The rule was changed to give lead-lap drivers a better chance to go for the victory instead of having to battle lapped traffic on the inside as they do on double-file restarts.

NASCAR also is evaluating the 50-foot distance announced at the Budweiser Shootout as the new standard for the leader ...

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