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Cheating or innovation? In NASCAR, it's all a matter of perception

Everyone in auto racing has heard the line: "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'." Well, NASCAR ain't laughin', writes Terry Blount.

Updated: August 9, 2007, 12:22 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

No one ever has cheated in the recorded history of auto racing.

Just ask the drivers, owners and team members. They'll tell you exactly what they've done:

Pushed the envelope, worked in the gray areas, outsmarted the other guy, tweaked the car and invented new applications. And sometimes, just for fun, they stuck it to the man.

But cheated? Never. Doesn't happen, not in the eyes of the racers.

In the eyes of almost everyone else, auto ...

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