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One fine day on a NASCAR pit crew

Sam got an inside peek at the life of a NASCAR pit crew member by becoming one himself. Story

Updated: March 25, 2008, 1:36 PM ET
By Sam Alipour | Special to Page 2

FONTANA, Calif. -- There was no time to think. Not here, at the Auto Club 500, where hesitation is the difference between a champagne bath and a fiery wreck. No sir, this is NASCAR on a race day, when you act first and douse the flames later. So in a second's time, I close my eyes, hope fate's wind will carry me softly, and make my decision.

I will, indeed, tuck in my two-sizes-too-large Alltel crew shirt, and brush my hair.

"Like the drivers, we represent a company ...

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