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After string of declines, TV ratings for a NASCAR Chase race improve
After string of declines, TV ratings for a NASCAR Chase race improve

The television ratings and viewership of NASCAR's Sprint Cup race in Texas rose from a year earlier, snapping a string of six consecutive races that showed declines, ESPN said Tuesday in citing Nielsen figures. The race at Texas Motor Speedway was the eighth event in NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff. Despite changes to the Chase format this year aimed at boosting excitement, ratings for the prior six races had dropped an average of about 6% from their levels a year ago. But Sunday's race in Texas had a 2.8 U.S. rating and averaged 4.75 million viewers, up from a 2.6 rating and 4.18 million viewers a year earlier, according to ESPN, which carried the race....

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