CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -NASCAR plans to relax some rules this season and encourage drivers to be more aggressive and show more emotion.
NASCAR chairman Brian France says the goal is to ``open it up'' as an answer to criticism that the sport has grown stale.
Television ratings and attendance have slumped in recent years and NASCAR has held a series of meetings with its competitors to determine how best to improve the sport.
In addition to some internal restructuring and a transition from a wing to a spoiler on the race car, NASCAR will now permit bump-drafting at Daytona and Talladega and more contact on the race track.
France says NASCAR wants the drivers ``mixing it up.''

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