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NASCAR's new elimination format for Chase isn't faring well on TV
NASCAR's new elimination format for Chase isn't faring well on TV

There were several reasons why TV ratings should have jumped for NASCAR's race at Charlotte a week ago. The Charlotte race was part of NASCAR's revamped Sprint Cup Series' Chase for the Cup title playoff, with a new knockout format that eliminates drivers during the playoff in hopes of boosting the excitement of the championship hunt. The competitive race was followed by a scuffle between drivers Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski in the garage as TV cameras rolled. However, TV viewership of the Charlotte race fell 8.3% from a year earlier, to 5.10 million, and its TV rating fell to 3.1 from 3.4, according to Nielsen. It's a familiar story. Halfway through the...

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