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Sandbagging in All-Star race irritates fans

BY JENNA FRYER Published: May 21, 2012
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CONCORD, N.C. — It didn’t take teams very long to figure out their best shot at winning the All-Star race would be in the first 20 laps.

What few predicted, though, was that the new format would encourage drivers to take it easy for portions of Saturday night’s $1 million race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now fans are upset winner Jimmie Johnson essentially sandbagged for 60 or so laps before turning it up for a final charge to his third All-Star race victory.

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