Column: Everyone chasing Harvick, Hamlin as playoffs begin

NASCAR's pandemic-plagued season has finally reached the playoffs, with 16 drivers chasing the Cup championship starting Sunday in South Carolina. It brings the series full circle back to Darlington Raceway, where NASCAR resumed its season in May after a 10-week pause for the pandemic. The stock car series was one of the first major sports to return, with COVID-19 protocols and a relentless pace that got NASCAR back on schedule.