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Sunday drive

"If I finish, it's a good day" - Casey Schladweiler

The traffic-cone orange fire suit has room for two and the helmet makes my head a goldfish in a fishbowl. Five separate straps join in my lap, holding my upper body against the back of the seat while my legs are free to straddle the car's battery. "How fast do you want to go?" Casey Schladweiler asks.

"I wanna go fast."

The yellow stock car merges onto the dirt track, Schladweiler hits the gas and swings the car around the first turn, its rear-end proclaiming "LONG LIVE BUMP-N-RUN."

Hot laps, pre-race practice runs, feel like the car's backside is drifting across glass until the brakes clinch,...


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