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Green-white-checkered shootout passes with flying colors

Updated: February 22, 2010, 3:00 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

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Jamie McMurray, right, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. benefited Sunday from NASCAR's new green-white-checkered rule.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR's first attempt at additional green-white-checkered finishes was a huge success.

It created drama.

It created excitement.

And, most important, it let the Daytona 500, the biggest Sprint Cup race of the season, finish under green.

Had ...

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