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Retooled Chase finishes strong

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 24 / 14

NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup may have started slowly, but it ended with the sport’s biggest viewership figures in several years. Kevin Harvick celebrated the first championship under the new format. ...

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