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At first I am rough, but I know how to chill.
I'm integral to NASCAR, yet mocked by the NFL.
I can create a new clause, yet summon an army.
Some know me as beer, but what am I broadly?

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Oh that's a fun one!

you are a Draft

At first rough, but know how to chill

A heavy draft could disturb things, but is cooing on a hot day

Integral to NASCAR, but mocked by the NFL

Drafting behind cars / Drafting players

I can create a new clause, yet summon an army

Rough drafts in writing/editing, or Drafting as in conscripting new military recruits

Some know me as beer

As in draught beer fresh from the tap

But what am I, broadly?

Not sure if this even requires an additional answer, but perhaps it refers to the many other uses of the word "Draft"

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  • $\begingroup$ "At first I am rough" -> first (and other early) draft is often a rough draft. "Create a new clause" might be referring to legal writing. NFL fans have hold mock drafts, I guess (aka fantasy football)? $\endgroup$ – stannius Sep 4 '18 at 22:50
  • $\begingroup$ I think "At first I am rough" refers to the first revision of a piece of writing being called a "rough draft," actually. $\endgroup$ – Tim C Sep 5 '18 at 6:20
  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking there wouldn't be too references to drafting an essay... and perhaps I was also stuck on the title, but the pairs don't necessarily connect, so you could be correct.. $\endgroup$ – rm-vanda Sep 5 '18 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ @rm-vanda I thought that too, which is why I kept looking and found the reference to legal drafting, the writing of clauses of contracts and laws in precise, formal language. $\endgroup$ – stannius Sep 5 '18 at 16:54

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