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Column: NASCAR blew it on Indy rules package

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Run, NASCAR, don't walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected.

The high-drag aerodynamic package was supposed to improve passing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was clear from the first practice session for one of the most important races of the season that NASCAR did not meet its desired result.

Yet nothing was changed before Sunday's race, which featured just 16 lead changes. In fairness, that was one more lead change than last year's race at the Brickyard, but it was still the second fewest since 2011. NASCAR's statistics also showed that green-flag passes were down by 587 from last year.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: Crown Royal Presents The Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick7771
2Joey Logano7082
3Dale Earnhardt Jr.6773
4Jimmie Johnson6754
5Martin Truex Jr.6685
6Brad Keselowski6386
7Matt Kenseth6157
8Kurt Busch6128
9Jamie McMurray6029
10Denny Hamlin59111
11Jeff Gordon57510
12Ryan Newman56313

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