Door-To-Door: New York fans finally taking notice

How far has NASCAR seemingly come in the eyes of New Yorkers? Is Dale Earnhardt Jr. a threat next season? What about Kevin Harvick? Marty Smith answers in Door-To-Door.

Updated: November 30, 2006, 8:19 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Judging by the NASCAR-clad gallery stationed just outside the awning at Manhattan's elegant 21 Club on Wednesday afternoon, respect for stock car racing is growing in the Big Apple.

Take the guy in the Jeff Gordon hat and tee. And wristbands.

His face is pressed between the bars of a wrought-iron fence like a child sneaking a peek at the tree through the stairway banister on Christmas morning.

But this guy isn't after toys. He's after Jimmie Johnson. ...

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