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2023 NASCAR superlatives: Best race, rivalry, paint scheme

After spending NASCAR's 75th anniversary season with our eyeballs firmly focused on the rearview mirror, we have chosen to spend these final days leading into the sport's 76th year gazing not decades into the past, but rather glancing over the last 12 months.

Perhaps it is not a coincidence that the 2023 stock car calendar kicked off with an exhibition race from Hollywood, because during this same time when moviemakers have become so obsessed with the idea of crisscrossing multiverse timelines, NASCAR spent an entire season doing the same. A celebration of the sport's past punctuated by what felt like a definitive changing of the starting grid guard.