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Huge Talladega wreck has huge price tag

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TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Nobody needs to be reminded that racing is inherently dangerous. We all know drivers assume the risks. It's understood that no one forces a driver to compete.

That shoulder-shrug approach doesn't make the scorecard from Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway any easier to accept.

The delicate line between sport and entertainment was dangerously straddled by 40 drivers roaring along in a pack of cars at 200 mph. When the dust settled, 35 cars had been involved in at least one accident and two cars went airborne. When Kevin Harvick's car lifted off the track in a last-lap crash, it finally put an end to the chaos.

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