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One year later, NASCAR reflects on a COVID-changed sport

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AVONDALE, Ariz. – The big story at Phoenix Raceway one year ago was the remarkable recovery of veteran driver Ryan Newman, who strolled around the infield sipping a soft drink just weeks after a horrific crash in the Daytona 500 had everyone fearing the worst.

It was an entertaining race on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with Joey Logano holding off Kevin Harvick for his second win of the season.

Kyle Larson finished fourth, continuing his rise with Chip Ganassi Racing. Then came COVID-19, and everything in auto racing — and the world — changed. “Gosh, it doesn’t feel like a year ago," driver Ryan Blaney said.

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