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NASCAR Sprint Cup Finale Should Serve as the Sport’s Homecoming to Charlotte

Charlotte Motor Speedway sits without question in the center of the NASCAR universe. It hosts the sport’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 (The World 600 to traditionalists), one of the NASCAR’s crown jewel events. It’s had a place in NASCAR legend for more than half a century. This weekend, Charlotte hosts its 500 mile fall race. Conveniently located in the middle of the Chase, it represents a tie to the sports roots but doesn’t play the central role in the season outcome that it could. That distinction has gone to Homestead Speedway in Florida. On the schedule since 1999, and host of the season finale since 2002, its position near Miami is far removed from the red clay short tracks of the sports past. Built as part ...

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