What qualifies a person as a die-hard fan? For some of us in Chapel Hill, it’s hanging in with our team for what looks to be a disappointing ACC basketball season. But we have nothing on Jack Hege, who is profiled in an article in yesterday’s New York Times. Mr. Hege, 83, has been at all of the Daytona 500 races. That’s 51 races and counting. He’s seen it all–the racing on the sand that preceded the 500, aggressive bumping, flying fenders, and a few bad crashes. It sounds like he’s had fun. Mr. Hege’s story is included in The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans, just published by Motorbooks.

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