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Race goes on, but change is in the Michigan wind

Updated: June 14, 2009, 2:53 AM ET
By Ed Hinton

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Once-mighty Detroit lies little more than an hour's drive to the east. And so time was when the garage area at Michigan International Speedway teemed on race weekends with bigwigs who'd cruised over from Ford, Chrysler and General Motors.

The grandstands were packed with factory workers cheering for the brands they built on the assembly lines over at Dearborn, Warren, Auburn Hills, even Flint in its long-past day, and the plants just across the Canadian border in ...

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