NASCAR’s new Next Gen car a step backward in safety

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Chase Elliott stands on pit road on as he waits to qualify for the NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

NASCAR’s most popular driver said Saturday the sport has taken an unacceptable step backward in safety with its new Next Gen car, a rare public offering of opinion by Chase Elliott.

NASCAR’s top drivers essentially have turned into an angry mob as they head into Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway. Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch are both sidelined with concussions, and Cody Shane Ware will race with

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