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NASCAR's redesigned race cars receive rave reviews

Updated: February 20, 2013, 5:31 PM ET
Associated Press

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By MARK LONG

AP Sports Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow is a thing of the past.

Designed primarily to improve driver safety following the death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500, the car has been kicked to the curb, left in the rearview mirror and turned into scrap metal.

The redesigned replacements -- at least so far -- are a huge hit with drivers, owners, auto manufacturers and fans.

The new cars, dubbed ...

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