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Editor James Bennett's column: 5 bests, worsts from NASCAR'S GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

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More than 30,000 were at Talladega Superspeedway, in the grandstands and infield, for Sunday's GEICO 500.

Talladega Superspeedway was alive with the roar of NASCAR engines and thousands of fans over the weekend.

Both were encouraging signs for the local economy and for those suffering from cabin fever amid the coronavirus.

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"Fox and Friends" hosts interview Johnny Ray, left, whose father since Sept. 11, 2001 drove the American flag around Talladega Superspeedway in his semi truck during the national anthem. His father passed away in 2020, but Johnny has continued the tradition. Ray is based a few miles from the track in Lincoln and runs the family trucking business with his mother, Wanda. 

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Harrison Burton carries, then loses, a fuel can as he exits pit row. 

James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or jbennett@annistonstar.com.