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Denny Hamlin wins Dixie Vodka 150 iRacing event at Homestead

The last lap passes in NASCAR are always fun to see and with Coronavirus taking racing away from us, it was nice to see Denny Hamlin pass Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the win on the final lap.

And yes, that read Denny Hamlin passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the win.

The race at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway was only 100 laps long but it was every bit of fun as advertised. The stars of NASCAR consistently put on a good show. Once the cautions died down that is.

Homestead’s record for cautions was set in 2004 with 14 total but the Dixie Vodka 150 fell short with eight. But those cautions kept the field bunched up throughout the Dixie Vodka 150 and strategy played out well throughout the event. It was even the return of Earhardt, Jr. to a racing seat as well as Bobby Labonte’s return.

Also, for fans of the underdogs like me, Timmy Hill and Garrett Smithley put on a gargantuan battle upfront before giving the lead up to Earnhardt, Jr.

The virtual world of racing erased the disparity of ‘money buying good cars’ and showed that drivers of varying degrees of experience can wheel almost anything race car-related.

But it was also a touch of normalcy in the world that was without sports for the greater part of a week and a half. The broadcast was fun to watch and for those who missed racing and took it as a glass-half-full approach, the racing wasn’t too bad in its own rights.

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Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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