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ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch: Are NASCAR Drivers Athletes?

Right around the start of the NASCAR season, we get sports talk radio hosts and writers who feel the need to pose the same old question: Are race drivers athletes?That really shows a lack of understanding about what drivers go though when racing on either the NASCAR or Indy Car circuits. Dr. Jerry Punch has a unique perspective on this question. He played college football as a quarterback at North Carolina State for coach Lou Holtz. He went on to earn a degree in medicine from Wake Forest. As a broadcaster for ESPN, he began as a medical reporter, then served as a college basketball and football analyst. In 2002 Dr. Punch began to cover NASCAR for the network and has become one of racing’s most respected and best analysts. So who bett...

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