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Speed of life … and Jimmie Johnson

Updated: July 6, 2012, 3:35 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Each weekday morning as I drive my son to school, we ease through neighborhoods, down back roads and past farms until we reach North Carolina Highway 115, a quaint four-lane road that was once a major thoroughfare into Charlotte.

These days it's an off-ramp that joins tiny municipalities, where the small-town pace is just right and self-tilled gardens grow lush with delectable produce. It is Route 66 in "Cars," the lost highway for locals who want the window rolled down and the ...

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