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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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The Headline(s): Capitalizing on an extremely late-race caution, Brad Keselowski and team stayed out while leader Chase Elliott pitted. He then bested Jimmie Johnson on a green-white-checkered restart to win the 2020 Coca-Cola 600.  RT to congratulate @keselowski on winning his third Crown Jewel. 🏆 #CocaCola600 x @Team_Penske pic.twitter.com/LiFncgWc7l — Charlotte Motor Speedway (@CLTMotorSpdwy) May …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Toyota 500 at Darlington

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The Headline(s): After showing long-run speed during a late green-flag run, Denny Hamlin’s pit crew got the No. 11 out front off pit road after a lap 194 caution at Darlington Raceway. Following a brief restart, Hamlin then capitalized when an incident between Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott on lap 200 brought out the 11th …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington

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The Headline(s): The last time the NASCAR Cup Series raced at Darlington outside of Labor Day weekend, Kevin Harvick drove to victory lane in 2014. Six years later, Harvick did it again, leading 159 laps to score a convincing victory in The Real Heroes 400. It’s Harvick’s first win of 2020, 50th career Cup win …

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Godspeed, Good Darlington: Thoughts on the End of The NASCAR COVID-19 Shutdown

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For all the successes of pros going iRacing during the NASCAR COVID-19 shutdown, the general consensus seems to be that the return to real-track racing is coinciding almost perfectly with the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series running its course. Be it the Kyle Larson slur fiasco or Santino Ferrucci turning the end of last week’s IndyCar …

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NASCAR Contradictions on Full Display With May 17 Return Looming

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Be it in Brasstown, N.C. Thursday night (April 30) or Lancaster, S.C. on Friday (May 1), live racing trickled back this weekend to locations throughout the southeast. For me, where Virginia is still under a stay-at-home order through June 10, there’s not much for a motorsports writer here to do but long for racing to …

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Bury NASCAR’s Heart at Park Jefferson? Successful Return to Racing Could Force Their Hand

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Amidst the ongoing debate within the NASCAR community on returning to racing, which is raging from social media to the North Carolina statehouse, earlier this week I had a good chat with fellow Frontstretcher Mark Kristl as we worked to edit one of his upcoming columns. Mark, like I, has immediate family members working on …

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The Kyle Larson Pandemic: Lack of a Cure Proving Worse than the Disease

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Earlier this week, I compared Kyle Larson’s disastrous use of a taboo slur during an iRacing event to the current pandemic that has brought much of the world to its knees. Nearly a week later, it’s still proving an apt comparison. KEITH: LARSON’S SLUR BECOMES NASCAR’S PANDEMIC As my sixth weekend in quarantine comes to …

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Kyle Larson’s Slur Becomes NASCAR’s Pandemic Overnight

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“I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful servitude.” – Thomas Jefferson It has been written since early in the COVID-19 pandemic that American attitudes are perhaps more ill-suited than any other in the world to fight it. Americans, after all, have triumphed against previous existential challenges (World War II, 9/11) with aggressive, defiant, head-on clashes with …

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Post-Pandemic America Changes Landscape for Both the Automobile & NASCAR Racing

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I’ve got to commend NASCAR for opting to put even iRacing on hold to honor the traditional Easter off weekend this Sunday (April 12). I say that both from a tradition standpoint, as well as a personal relief that the racing community opted for normalcy instead of a continued push to substantiate virtual reality. Having …

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Moving On from 2020, Motor Mile Ahead of the Times

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Motor Mile Speedway is one of the few oval tracks left in my home commonwealth of Virginia that I have yet to visit. That will stay a fact for all of 2020, with Motor Mile taking the pre-emptive step to cancel all scheduled race events for the 2020 season. The track’s press release indicated that …

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