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Does NASCAR Have a Donald Trump Problem Going Forward?

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In February 2020, NASCAR was rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump at its season-opening Daytona 500. The first sitting U.S. President to visit a race since George W. Bush in 2004 arrived to great fanfare and support from track officials. He couldn’t have been happier addressing the crowd, giving the “start your engines” …

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How Do We – & NASCAR – Move Forward from This Tumultuous Week?

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Thankfully, race weekend is here, which means cars will be on track at Pocono Raceway and the insanity of the past week can take a pause. Never have I been so ready to put a week in the past. The rollercoaster of emotions since Sunday’s reported noose in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba …

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NASCAR, Bubba Wallace Confronting Unsettling Symbols From the Past

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In 1960, C.Vann Woodward, the esteemed Southern scholar, remarked, “It would take a blind sentimentalist to mourn their passing.” The passing Woodward addresses has to do with all manner of Southern customs, from the statues that dot the region to the lynching bee. Yes, that’s right, there used to be something called a lynching bee …

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Fire on Fridays: Change a Beautiful Thing for NASCAR

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Bubba Wallace (right) greets Kirk Price (left), an official who kneeled for the National Anthem at Atlanta, before Wednesday nights race at Martinsville. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Being a NASCAR fan is weird. It’s a bit hard sometimes, too. Constantly explaining that it’s not just cars, driven by good ‘ol boys, running around in circles. It’s not something any average Joe can do. It’s not only set and popular in the South. It’s not racist. It’s not what you think it is. It’s different …

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NASCAR: Opening Doors Daily

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Peace sign designed by Richard Petty for Martinsville paint scheme

NASCAR was started in a time where moonshine running was commonplace and discrimination was an accepted practice in the United States. While people still run ‘shine, it isn’t nearly as prevalent as it was in the 1950s. The same is true with discrimination. While it is still present in society today, it is not nearly …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville

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Editors Note: What in blazes am I doing here? Yeah, Matt, what’s up? You write on Tuesdays, having given this column up years ago. Yep. You recall correctly. Bryan Keith, who took over this column when Mike Neff stopped doing it, has been doing a fine job with the race recaps under whatever title he’s …

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Nashville Superspeedway Return Comes from Out Of Nowhere

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The date was July 23, 2011. Carl Edwards came off of turn 4 for what many assumed would be the final NASCAR-sanctioned event at Nashville Superspeedway. He earned the victory, the 34th win of his Xfinity Series career. The previous year, in 2010, Nashville was up against Kentucky Speedway for a NASCAR Cup Series event, …

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Is Racing Overload Good for NASCAR?

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With Thursday night’s (May 28) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, we have seen four NASCAR Cup Series races in in 12 days. And we can’t forget we’ve also seen two Xfinity races and the return of the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series with one race as well – that’s seven races in 12 days …

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NASCAR’s Brief Return to Slight Normalcy at the Coca-Cola 600

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Greatest Day in Motorsport will be a shell of its traditional self.  But thanks to NASCAR, it won’t be entirely empty, either. With the NASCAR Cup Series done with a flexible shift to Darlington Raceway to restart the 2020 season, the tour is now preparing for its Memorial Day weekend classic, the Coca-Cola 600. …

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