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Byline: Cammy Clark
MIAMI _ NASCAR's Winston Cup series hit the quarter mark heading into this weekend's Easter break, and there has yet to be a repeat winner. Nine races. Nine drivers into Victory Lane, and not one has been defending Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart.
There were 11 different winners in the entire 34-race season in 1999. But the number has increased since: 14 in 2000 (that season started with a record 10 unique victors in the first 10 races), 19 in 2001 (the modern era record) and 18 last season.
But don't use the word ``parity'' around NASCAR types. They prefer to call the spreading of the wealth ``competitive balance.''