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NASCAR’s Top Dogs and the Art of Kissing at the Brickyard in Indianapolis

Kissing is most often thought of as a symbol of passion, love and affection, but when a driver kisses that famous Yard of Bricks, he or she is maintaining tradition and showing respect for the history of the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The original track, built in 1909, was made of a mixture that included dirt, gravel, limestone and crushed rock held together with a tar and oil solution. Needless to say, it wasn't the best racing surface, and they quickly realized it needed to be repaved in some manner. The solution was some 3.2 million 10-pound bricks laid individually in sand with mortar. As time went on it became necessary to pave the track, but there is a one-yard-wide strip of bricks at the start-finish line made of tho...

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