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Full speed ahead for Gen-6 race car

Updated: January 24, 2013, 6:38 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

NASCAR's new Generation-6 race car has the sport -- and the auto industry -- abuzz.

When the Gen-6 is unveiled in Sprint Cup Series competition next month, it will mark the first time since the late 1980s that the race cars on the track will so closely aesthetically resemble their production-model brethren.

With that, the hope is that two of the founding principles of NASCAR are rekindled: the manufacturer rivalry and brand identity.

Years ago, if you ...

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