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Fans settle for Speedweeks on a dime

Even as we all take a licking from the economy, race fans keep on ticking. Folks might be pinching their pennies at Speedweeks, but Ryan McGee discovers that they're finding ways to show up and have their fun just the same.

Updated: February 13, 2009, 6:14 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

In the Daytona garage, the drivers, owners and tire-changers mingle, buzz and chat. In the media center, the writers do the same.

Sitting in lawn chairs in the shadow of Turn 1, fans take part in the same activity, conversing and debating as they marinate steaks and crack open beverages. No matter where you stroll on the grounds of the Daytona International Speedway, tongues are wagging. And the topic has nothing to do with restrictor plates and bump drafting.

"The economy, ...

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