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Silence is golden

Crowds love Ashley Fiolek. If only she could hear them roar.

Updated: January 27, 2010, 6:26 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 15 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

It's too damn quiet in Ashley Fiolek's red Ford F-150.

The radio is silent and the windows are up, muting the road noise. Her hands at 10 and 2, Fiolek is focused on the road, and that means no texting, no cell phone, not so much as a glance at herself in the rearview on this sultry mid-March afternoon. During the entire 13-minute drive to Joey's, a private track in her hometown of St. Augustine, ...

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