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France keen on improving NASCAR on-track product
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -
NASCAR chairman Brian France wants to stay away from gimmicks when it comes to improving the on-track product.

Make no mistake, France wants the best racing possible. But to get there, he's ignoring a call from track promoter Bruton Smith to implement mandatory cautions during races.

France instead has dispatched top NASCAR personnel to work with teams to determine how the racing can be improved.

Although the storylines are heating up as the push begins to set the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, fans have been split on how they view the racing this season. There was a stretch of racing through the spring that had very few cautions and long green-flag runs.

Many fans grumbled the lack of on-track action made the race difficult to watch.

Dillon's car fails inspection at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -
Austin Dillon could be in line for another penalty.

Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet failed a post-qualifying inspection at Daytona International Speedway on Friday after NASCAR officials found an open cooling hose in the cockpit, which would boost aerodynamics.

The announcement came after Dillon claimed the pole for Friday night's Nationwide race at Daytona. It also came four days after NASCAR penalized Dillon because his car failed inspection following his victory last week at Kentucky. Dillon was docked six points in the standings Monday, dropping him from the top spot.

Dillon earned his first career Nationwide victory by leading 192 of the 200 laps. NASCAR ruled afterward that his car was too low.

Following Dillon's disqualification Friday, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned the pole.

Roush on a roll at restrictor-plate races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -
There's a new favorite at Daytona International Speedway, and it's not Hendrick Motorsports or Richard Childress Racing.

Roush Fenway Racing has become the team to beat at restrictor-plate tracks, with drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth enjoying the turnaround as they prepare for Saturday night's 400-mile Sprint Cup race at Daytona.

Jack Roush's team won the last two Cup races at Daytona and has 17 top-five finishes at the famed superspeedway since July 2008. That's an impressive stretch for an organization whose drivers remember coming to Daytona as mostly also-rans not too long ago.

David Ragan notched his first Cup victory last July at Daytona. Edwards and Biffle swept the front row for Daytona 500 qualifying in February, and Kenseth capped Roush's resurgence with his second victory in the "Great American Race."

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