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Racing 600 miles abuses the body

Updated: May 28, 2004, 2:18 PM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | Special to ESPN.com

It's been said so many times, usually accompanied by a snicker, that most auto racing fans pretty much come to expect it before the line is even finished.

"NASCAR drivers are athletes? Yeah, right! That's a good one!"

How many times have you heard that very same thing & or for that matter, were the one saying it? How many folks think hopping in a car and driving pedal-to-the-metal for a few hours is no more exerting than hitting the McDonald's drive-thru?

Well, it's time to set ...

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