Did NASCAR Really Start With Bootleggers?


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Author's Note: Did NASCAR really start with bootleggers?

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a thrilling day at Road America, a closed-circuit racetrack that's been in operation since the 1950s. I drove the Champagne Slalom course as fast as I could, sharp turns, switchbacks and all. It was incredible. Made me wonder why I'd never considered "racecar driver" as a career option. Seriously. I'm already searching for another high-performance driving opportunity on a famed racecourse. And the next time I get the chance to drive a fast track, I'll be thinking of NASCAR's early bootleg drivers, too.

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