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NASCAR is pleased with Chase for the Cup outcome
NASCAR is pleased with Chase for the Cup outcome

Even before NASCAR's new Chase for the Cup title playoff reached its dramatic climax Sunday, there was agreement in NASCAR circles that the revamped format was a success. Certainly there was confusion and disappointment for some fans, and for some of NASCAR's leading drivers, as the 10-race playoff unfolded. And television ratings showed the new Chase was slow to have an effect on viewership. But by the time Kevin Harvick won both the season-ending race in Florida and with it the Sprint Cup Series title, there was a sense stock-car racing had drawn up a more appealing formula for determining a champion. "You can never make everybody happy," said Ryan Newman, one...

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