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Blown engines noteworthy because they're rare

Updated: February 22, 2010, 11:00 AM ET
By Eddie Gossage

It was somewhat surprising to see engines blowing during Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. It used to be a common thing to see smoke erupt from a car and have four or five cars sitting in the garage with blown engines.

But engine builders today in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have gotten so good that you seldom see a "smoker" on the track.

Engines from top-notch teams, including those of Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman, went up in smoke today. Both ...

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