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Cup car's wing has a downforce to be reckoned with

NASCAR teams are still figuring out how to deal with the change from a spoiler to a wing on the back of the new Sprint Cup car.

Updated: July 26, 2008, 8:34 PM ET
By Bill Borden | Special to ESPN.com

A lot of derogatory remarks have been made by some of the older racers in NASCAR about the rear wing that has replaced the spoiler on the Sprint Cup car. The negative remarks have been mostly related to the new "look" of the wing versus the old spoiler and do not consider the difference in performance the wing has brought to the sport.

The first question that arises in my mind is whether the wing is better or worse than the spoiler from an aerodynamic standpoint. To answer that question ...

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