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Lars Anderson
October 13, 2008
NASCAR officials had a hand in the end of Tony Stewart's 43-race winless streak on Sunday at Talladega. On the last lap Stewart (right) blocked Regan Smith, prompting Smith to drop below the yellow line that runs along the inside of the track. NASCAR rules stated that a driver could go below that line only if he was trying to avoid another car (which officials declared he wasn't) or if it was the last lap and he could see the finish line (which Smith could not). Though Smith beat Stewart to the finish, NASCAR declared Stewart the winner. On Monday, NASCAR amended the rule: No passing will be allowed under the yellow line, and NASCAR will decide if a driver purposefully did so. To create more thrilling endings, NASCAR should allow drivers to drive below the line on the final lap.
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October 13, 2008

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NASCAR officials had a hand in the end of Tony Stewart's 43-race winless streak on Sunday at Talladega. On the last lap Stewart (right) blocked Regan Smith, prompting Smith to drop below the yellow line that runs along the inside of the track. NASCAR rules stated that a driver could go below that line only if he was trying to avoid another car (which officials declared he wasn't) or if it was the last lap and he could see the finish line (which Smith could not). Though Smith beat Stewart to the finish, NASCAR declared Stewart the winner. On Monday, NASCAR amended the rule: No passing will be allowed under the yellow line, and NASCAR will decide if a driver purposefully did so. To create more thrilling endings, NASCAR should allow drivers to drive below the line on the final lap.

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