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This holiday season, slow down to appreciate the gas fumes and tire smoke

Ryan McGee has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season: Tony Stewart's haircut, Carl Edwards' banzai move, the neon red hot dogs at Martinsville, The King, the brilliance of Chad Knaus, Dale Jr. for being Dale Jr., and the rumble of a 358 Chevy.

Updated: November 26, 2008, 1:42 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Ah, Thanksgiving … a time for eating, loving, fighting, and in some cases, running from one's family. But above all, we must take a moment to tear ourselves away from all of the fun listed above (not to mention another Detroit Lions game) and pause to give thanks for all of the many blessings in our lives.

For race fans like you and me, that means appreciating all of the racing and racing-related stuff that He (whoever your He or She may be) has granted us. Just in case ...

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