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Historic: No N.C. drivers in NASCAR race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be racing at Charlotte tonight.
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NASCAR has long been viewed as a Southern sport, one with roots that run deep in the North Carolina country surrounding the site of Saturday night’s race, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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But in this Bank of America 500, fans will witness something not seen in more than 50 years in the sport — a race without a driver from North Carolina.

Trivia fans, take note.

So when was the last time this happened?

With Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Mooresville, N.C.) sidelined with a concussion and Scott Riggs (Bahama, N.C.) failing to make the field, the green flag will wave on a field without a driver from North Carolina for the first time since May 27, 1961, at Ascot Stadium in Los Angeles.
 

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