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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: A View from inside the Belly of the Beast

Ever been in the grandstands at a NASCAR race and wonder what it looks like to those covering it on race day? It's not all fun and games as one might imagine. The journalists, photographers, support staff, and others are here to work and they do it nearly every week of the season. There are guidelines and rules to be followed, etiquette to be learned, and a lot of questions to be answered along the way. For example, media members (even "single-race" media members like myself) can't wear their favorite NASCAR apparel while doing their jobs to keep from showing a lack of objectivity, nor can they ask for driver autographs or pictures. I wondered about how it all worked until I covered the Chase race here at the Auto Club Speedway last Fall....

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