Big racing thrills in Small-town USA

Updated: August 17, 2011, 10:06 AM ET
By Duff McKagan | Special to ESPN.com

All of the sports talk this past weekend seemed to be heavily slanted toward the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, and the rain, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. not winning a race since 2008. Stock car racing, as we all know, is a huge deal, and rightly so. It is fascinating drama that unfolds right (er, or left) in front of us, and at ridiculously fast speed.

Have you ever wondered where these drivers come from? How do they get to be this good, or how do they get started in the ...

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