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August 3, 2013

The need for speed

Local fans talk about what draws them to NASCAR


Longtime NASCAR fan Streeter said he has noticed a change in the NASCAR dynamics over the decades. 

“Racing is different today,” he observed. “The drivers don’t rise through the ranks. Sponsors find young kids and they become winners while in their 20s.”

Mel McCaulley of Afton started watching NASCAR in the early 1990s. 

“I’d seen an actual race car on display in a shopping mall near Rochester,” said McCaulley. “The car was pretty cool. So, I watched a race with relatives and got hooked.” 

McCaulley has been to Watkins Glen raceway a couple of times. 

“It’s a big party, a lot of ribbing, but a fan-friendly place to be,” he said. “To see the racing in person makes it more relatable. But nowadays, I watch the racing on TV in between working on the lawn and doing other things with the family.”




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