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Column: Talledega Days
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The sight of Exit 173 on I-20, between Anniston and Birmingham, always brings a smile to my face -- the kind of smile that is irrepressible and makes me feel good all over. It is the exit that leads to Talladega Superspeedway, a place that is filled with memories for me as a sports writer and later as a sponsor’s publicist on the NASCAR circuit. I could write a book of the days, overwhelmingly happy, that I spent in the midst of Alabama’s stifling heat, revved up rednecks, and some of the dearest people I ever loved.

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