Drivers don't just listen to John Melvin, they put their lives in his hands

John Melvin has helped spearhead the safety renaissance in NASCAR. That's one reason drivers listen to his advice, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: January 16, 2008, 3:50 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- John Melvin is a quiet, unassuming man, not one to stand out in a crowd.

He speaks softly, but his words are powerful, a little like a humble, but brilliant college professor who actually makes his students believe they can change the world.

Melvin has helped change NASCAR's world for the better. When he talks, drivers listen. Not an easy thing to do, but every sentence matters to them.

Why is that? Because they understand Melvin ...

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