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What the Brickyard 400 Means to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Drivers from Indiana

When Jim Nabors sings "Back Home Again In Indiana" before every Indianapolis 500, he could just as easily be singing directly to a handful of NASCAR drivers as they make the yearly return to their home state for NASCAR's Brickyard 400. Jeff Gordon grew up in nearby Pittsboro and became an overnight icon in the Hoosier state when he won the first Brickyard 400 in 1994, doing so in only his second full-time season in the then-Winston Cup Series. It was one of the best local-boy-makes-good stories ever seen in the world of sports. Gordon has since gone on to win four times in the Brickyard in total, the last in 2004. "It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years," Gordon said in this week's Chevrolet media release. "That was such a big ...

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