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10 great places for small-town NASCAR racing
NASCAR isn't just about enormous coliseums and mammoth crowds. Summer brings racing to more than 50 regional tracks (hometracks.nascar.com), where the atmosphere is small-town and family friendly. "These are local tracks, local fans and local competitors," says Dick Berggren, a NASCAR pit reporter for Fox, and executive editor of Speedway Illustrated magazine. "It's a different experience." Some speedways also host NASCAR regional series, letting crowds see up-and-coming stars. He shares some favorite tracks with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.
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Colorado National Speedway Dacono, Colo.
Located north of Denver, the paved oval track is a NASCAR leader in social media, updating fans during races through its website and on Twitter. (Its handle: @cnsracing). "It's a very small racetrack with nicely banked turns, and it draws huge crowds," Berggren says. The track hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on July 28. 303-665-4173; coloradospeedway.com
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