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NASCAR Hardly Knew Tim Richmond and Lloyd Seay in Their Own Time

Tim Richmond was electric. It goes without saying. Anyone younger than their mid-30s probably doesn’t have any recollection of seeing him race. He was spectacular. In 1986, his hang it out driving style earned him eight poles and seven wins. It carried him to third in the final points standings. His magnetic personality and movie-star looks propelled him to transcendent status inside the good ol’ boy NASCAR world. Then 1987 came, and his tragic decline began. As chronicled in this week’s ESPN 30 for 30 documentary directed by Rory Karpf, the last year and a half of Richmond’s life was spent in off and on isolation. Ostracized by most of his racing peers, he lived out his last days in South Florida. Because his story ...

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