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Is knockout-style Chase format a double-edged sword for NASCAR?
Is knockout-style Chase format a double-edged sword for NASCAR?

The scuffling and flared tempers at the end of the Charlotte race Saturday night prompted many observers to say that this is exactly what NASCAR wanted with its new format for the 10-race Chase title playoff. It's a knockout-style format, with four of the 16 original Chase drivers being eliminated every third race until only four remain in title contention at the season finale. So small wonder that emotions boiled over for Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and others as the Charlotte race ended because they're all desperately trying to stay in Chase contention, and that's the added excitement NASCAR wanted. Or so the thinking goes. But is the new format a...

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