Hip-hopping on the NASCAR bandwagon

Updated: February 24, 2013, 10:48 PM ET
By Kelley L. Carter

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- So NASCAR up close wasn't what I imagined from afar.

Years ago as a rookie reporter, one of my close friends covered racing in Delaware and was writing a column. She called me to get my gut response to NASCAR culture.

As a 20-something African-American woman who fancies college football and basketball and is a self-described hip-hop head, I gave her exactly the negative response you might have guessed.

The sport has long gotten a bad rap, as folks ...

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