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GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED CHANGE FOR TALLADEGA

- — Jeff Gluck

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.

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