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Putting the Sport in Motorsports: NASCAR Is As Much of a Sport As Football

Growing up as a NASCAR fan in western Pennsylvania is not easy. In an area where people bleed Steelers black and gold, NASCAR fans are hard to find. With all of the football lovers surrounding me, I hear a statement that most NASCAR fans must deal with at some point in their fanhood. "NASCAR's not a sport! It's a bunch of rednecks going around in circles!"No other statement can make a NASCAR fan more aggravated than this one. Especially when the statement has no supporting evidence. NASCAR is in fact a sport. Race car drivers are athletes. It's a fact. I always hear the argument, "How are they athletes? Look at Tony Stewart, he's out of shape." Well, I ask you, are all football players in shape? Have you ever seen the offensive li...

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