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The “Indianapolis Effect” on NASCAR Racing in the U.S.

This article will look at the effect that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has had on oval track racing, especially NASCAR, in the US. But first, the story of what inspired this article. ~ The Fan sat in his usual spot at the local short track; about half way between the Flag Stand and the First Turn, about half way up. It was a beautiful summer Saturday night at the track. It was truly “Racing Weather.” This reminded the Fan of an event at a race track so many years ago. He couldn’t have been more than three years old, sitting in the same part of the stands, half way between the First Turn and the Flag Stand, about half way up. The little Fan watched a car head down the front straight. Perhaps it was a car built by his f...

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