Five Lessons from the Sprint Unlimited Shootout

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Five Lessons from the Sprint Unlimited Shootout
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In three attempts at trying to master the finicky draft at Daytona International Speedway with their slick new rides, NASCAR's best drivers have made three costly errors. In a January test at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, there was a 12-car wreck barely an hour into the first drafting session. A five-car crash about 15 minutes into the first Sprint Unlimited practice Friday resulted in hardly any drafting lessons entering the race. And 15 laps into Saturday's main event, a nine-car crash precluded much of the wild racing expected on Daytona's high banks from happening because of a lack of participants.

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