Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/31/14
Back when we were running for championships, the schedule and where the road courses fell into that schedule was somewhat different. Back then, we knew we were going to end our season on a road course, that being the one in Riverside, Calif. So when a place like Watkins Glen was added to the schedule, it gave us a chance to see where our strengths and weaknesses were before we ever got to Riverside. So to us back then, road courses were really important because they did two things: gave us a chance to see where our road-course program was from the team aspect, as well as keeping our driver tuned up knowing it would all end at Riverside. Road course racing has evolved to critical importance for your championship hopes in today's NASCAR. Back in the day, some drivers and teams viewed a road-course race almost like a "throw-away" race. They didn't like road courses, their driver didn't like road courses and so they would just go do what they could and get out of there. Back then, so...
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