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NASCAR's halfway point: 3 thoughts

Updated: July 12, 2011, 3:40 PM ET
By Brad Daugherty | ESPN

The flood of NASCAR fans gridlocked on Interstate 71 in Kentucky this past weekend had plenty of time to reflect on the first half of the Sprint Cup season. I know I did. And I was lucky enough to avoid that traffic mess! With half the races behind us and eight to go before the Chase, here are three things I've learned …

1. Track position is the king of 2010-2011 racing.

The first-place car is usually the best car on the track that day and it will enjoy the clean ...

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