Tiny Pittsboro plays huge role in rise of 'Wonder Boy' Gordon

Time stands still in tiny Pittsboro, Ind., a one-stoplight town where fried catfish is king and Jeff Gordon reigns, writes David Newton.

Updated: July 28, 2007, 6:34 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

PITTSBORO, Ind. -- On the left side of Frank and Mary's Catfish House in the heart of this one-stoplight town is a large Budweiser poster featuring the face of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Above the cash register in the front lounge is a large Budweiser Millennium mirror. Small No. 8 Budweiser banners stretch from one side of the bar to the other, and a large lighted No. 8 sign with Earnhardt's autograph is dominant on the far wall.

Across the street on an icebox outside the ...

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