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Long road to diversity

Originally Published: May 7, 2004
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- An engine, deep and throaty, winds out on the back stretch at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Arik Almirola smiles.

He leans against his late-model stock car, the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet, in a spacious garage that is, figuratively, anyway, vastly farther than the few North Carolina miles separating him from the track that hosts NASCAR's longest race. Almirola, a 19-year-old Cuban-American, is the face of the future in stock car racing. For now, though, the future remains hopelessly ...

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