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Welcome to Diesel's Dirt Road: an open forum for fed-up fans

NASCAR's announcement that it wants to return to its roots ignited a firestorm of protest in Marty Smith's mailbox. From the present-day cars to the cookie-cutter tracks, the fans simply long for the good ol' days.

Updated: January 30, 2008, 1:52 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- Door-To-Door is on hiatus this week, folks. In its place: Diesel's Dirt Road, an open forum for fed-up NASCAR fans to voice disdain with everything from the Top-35 rule to Brian France's sleeves. For real.

It's crazy sometimes, this job. I know there are satisfied fans out there, because the grandstands are at least marginally occupied everywhere we go. But I don't hear much from those folks. I don't get e-mails raving about how great a job Mike Helton and Brian ...

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