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Remembering Alan Kulwicki, a NASCAR Great Who Truly Did Things His Way

Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki. Kulwicki and three others were killed in a plane crash while on approach to Tri-Cities airport near Kingsport, Tenn. They were en route to that weekend's Winston Cup race at nearby Bristol Motor Speedway. Kulwicki was an anomaly in the Winston Cup world. He was the first full-time driver in the sport to have graduated from a university (with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). He quickly showed race fans that the best drivers weren't necessarily Southern born and bred. He was a "North'ner" in a sport that was based primarily in the southeastern part of the United States. He left his native Milwaukee in 1984, having sold...

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