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For the second year, NASCAR will divide races into stages and award regular-season points to the top-10 drivers and one playoff point -- a point that is carried through the third round of the playoffs -- to the winners of each of the first two stages. All drivers earn regular-season points at the end of the race, and the winner earns five playoff points. The first stage for the Daytona 500 ends at Lap 60, the second stage ends at Lap 120, and the race is scheduled to end on Lap 200.

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At the Daytona 500 prerace drivers meeting, there were no questions about the yellow-line rule, which has forced NASCAR to make some controversial calls in the last week at Daytona. The only mention was in the driver instruction video, which is normal. Here is the rule as played in the video:

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