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AVONDALE, AZ — Chase Elliott won the biggest race of his life, rallying from a last place starting position to cross the Phoenix Raceway finish line first in the Series Finale 500, to earn his first career NASCAR Cup Series championship at the age of 24; he’s the youngest champion in NASCAR’…

Six months into my beginning this column in 2015 I began receiving requests to do a story about Speedy Thompson, the NASCAR driver from Monroe who was famous for winning the September 2, 1957 Southern 500 in Darlington, South Carolina. It was among the high points of his career, and a cause …