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“Yes, Nascar was born in the Bible Belt South. And racing and religion are inseparable. Each weekly driver’s meeting ends with a prayer and every pre-race ceremony includes an invocation…. “But… it’s one of the oddities of Nascar: Many of the people who cover the sport happen to be Jewish…. “Many of us are based around the Nascar […]

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“By the late 1960s…  pressure from local church groups, who didn’t like racing on Sundays, led Bill France to look elsewhere as he sought to build a larger, faster track. Unable to persuade local authorities to expand the Hillsborough site, he turned instead to a small town in Alabama and built the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. […]

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More phrase-frequency charts from those bustling bibliophiles at Google Books Ngram Reader: – Andy Griffith vs. Don Knotts and Ron Howard – Moonshine vs. NASCAR – Interstate 40 vs. Interstate 77, Interstate 85 and Interstate 95 – Moon Pie vs. sweet potato pie – Piltdown Man vs. Marlboro Man

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“[Bill France] plunged back into the racing business almost as soon as the fireworks of V-J day had sputtered out. In October [1945] he traveled to Charlotte, N.C., to promote a stock-car race on the old half-mile clay oval at the local fairgrounds. ‘I went to see Wilton Garrison, who was the sports editor of […]

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“I thought I’d better try to fit in, so I very carefully picked out the clothes I’d wear. I had a knit tie, some brown suede shoes and a brown Borsalino hat with a half-inch of beaver fur on it. Somehow I thought this was very casual and suitable for the races. I guess I’d […]

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Thanks to Michael Hill for this list of state highway historical markers approved by the advisory committee May 25: – Pea Island Lifesavers. Only U.S. Lifesaving Station manned by black crew. Led by Richard Etheridge, 1879-1899. – George H. White, 1852-1918. Represented the state’s “Black Second” district, U.S. House, 1897-1901. Last black Southerner in Congress […]

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