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    Funny coincidence, I was just thinking of that rule yesterday.  For you vocabulary builders, the rule is called  homologation, an unusual word.

    That is what makes this class of racing exciting -- it's the same cars you can see on street...assuming there are people in your neighborhood who can afford them!  

    When I was a kid, our boy scout troop was a bit unusual...our big money-raising effort during our troop year was to attend the Sebring 12 hour race.  Our parents were cool with that, and I got to see the classic challenges between the Porsche 917 and the Ferrari 512, monster horsepower.  Also racing were Paul Newman, Mario Andretti, Steve McQueen, even Dick Smothers IIRC.  Somewhere I have pictures I took of Mark Donohue talking with Penske in the pits after the race...I was just a kid and didn't appreciate the legacy I was observing.

    I don't pay a lot of attention to NASCAR these days, but it used to have homologation rules and I thought the cars and races were a lot more exciting. Now, every NASCAR car is really the same car.   It's blandness to me.

    Truly did not know about the imminent NASCAR involvement.  How can this be an improvement? What was anyone thinking?  

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