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GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED CHANGE FOR TALLADEGA
NASCAR is reducing the number of overtime attempts it allows at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend in hopes of generating a safer race. The sanctioning body said Tuesday that it would give the opportunity for just one green-white-checkered flag finish for its Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races this weekend, down from the standard three attempts at other tracks. The change is being made in the wake of Austin Dillon’s frightening crash into the catchfence at the most recent restrictor plate race, in July at Daytona International Speedway. “We take very seriously the responsibility of balancing exciting finishes and safety,” NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said. “We’re confident that this is a positive direction for both.” Several drivers were left shaken by Dillon’s crash, in which he and fans in the stands emerged without serious injuries.