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NASCAR Goes for “Shootout Style” Restarts

NASCAR on Thursday announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts — Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart.

“We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts — shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”

via NASCAR.COM – NASCAR adopts double-file restarts in Cup Series races – Jun 4, 2009.

This gets the the slower lapped traffic out of the way on restarts so that the leaders can race it out without getting tied up in cars that aren’t racing for the lead. I should make racing a lot more exciting.

Atlanta Braves Drop Glavine

Channel 2 Action News sports anchor Zach Klein has learned that the Atlanta Braves have released veteran left-hander Tom Glavine.

In a stunning move, the Atlanta Braves released the 305-game winner on Wednesday, just when it seemed he was ready to return to the big leagues.

The 43-year-old Glavine, who was coming back from shoulder and elbow surgery, threw six scoreless innings for Class-A Rome on Tuesday night and proclaimed himself ready to pitch in the majors again.

via Tom Glavine Released From Atlanta Braves – Sports News Story – WSB Atlanta.

Bit of a shocker here. Yes, I do follow sports a bit. Glavine, certainly a Hall of Fame caliber pitcher, seemed poised to make another comeback. There is speculation that there are financial motives in the move, by cutting Glavine now the Braves save millions of dollars.