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For the love of racing
Most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway track in South Carolina compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR - many rungs below the highest level of the sport. The majority have day-jobs and are racing for sheer enjoyment. But paying for their passion is becoming harder, as more sophisticated technology seeps down to the lower levels of NASCAR, driving up the price of maintaining a car.
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March 25, 2013
Official flagman Tim Tolson starts the Southeast Limited, a lower-pursed race before the start of The...
Myrtle Beach, UNITED STATES
Official flagman Tim Tolson starts the Southeast Limited, a lower pursed race before the start of The...
Official flagman Tim Tolson starts the Southeast Limited, a lower-pursed race before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina March 22, 2013. Tolson has worked as an official with NASCAR for 40 years. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Driver Justin Miliken reacts after crashing on the last lap at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle...
Myrtle Beach, UNITED STATES
Driver Justin Miliken reacts after crashing on the last lap at the Myrtle Beach Speedway
Driver Justin Miliken reacts after crashing on the last lap at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. Miliken led for the majority of the race and the crash caused heavy damage to his race car. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Driver Garrett Campbell of Asheboro, North Carolina, enters his #12 car at The Myrtle Beach Speedway...
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Driver Garrett Campbell enters his #12 car at The Myrtle Beach Speedway for a practice session before...
Driver Garrett Campbell of Asheboro, North Carolina, enters his #12 car at The Myrtle Beach Speedway for a practice session before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina March 22, 2013. With no sponsors, Garrett and his team must front the entire bill to finance their car. Even in the lower levels of racing, competitive cars can cost around $40,000. Added with the cost of tires and fuel, a weekend at the race track can dig deep into a working driver's budget. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Adams Racing crew member James Clark of Laurinburg, North Carolina, welds the frame of a wrecked car...
Myrtle Beach, UNITED STATES
Adams Racing crew member James Clark welds the frame of a wrecked car during The Myrtle Beach 400
Adams Racing crew member James Clark of Laurinburg, North Carolina, welds the frame of a wrecked car at the Myrtle Beach Speedway and during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Anthony Anders of Easley, South Carolina, celebrates his win at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The...
Myrtle Beach, UNITED STATES
Anthony Anders celebrates his win at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400
Anthony Anders of Easley, South Carolina, celebrates his win at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Southeast Limited driver Bobby June of Hartsville, South Carolina, talks with crew before races during...
Myrtle Beach, UNITED STATES
Southeast Limited driver Bobby June talks with crew before races during The Myrtle Beach 400
Southeast Limited driver Bobby June of Hartsville, South Carolina, talks with crew before races during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina March 22, 2013. A veteran driver at Myrtle Beach, June has raced since 1978. "The only thing that's changed is it costs more to race and the purse is less." With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Race fan Joey Babson and his son Chad of Shallotte, North Carolina, watch the action from turn one at...
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Race fan Joey Babson and his son Chad watch the action from turn one during The Myrtle Beach 400
Race fan Joey Babson and his son Chad of Shallotte, North Carolina, watch the action from turn one at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Southeast Limited winner Jamie Weatherford of Darlington, South Carolina, celebrates his victory at the...
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Southeast Limited winner Jamie Weatherford celebrates his victory in the preliminary race before the...
Southeast Limited winner Jamie Weatherford of Darlington, South Carolina, celebrates his victory at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in the preliminary race before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Car 20 driver Sam Yarbough of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, gets instructions from his crew at the...
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Car 20 driver Sam Yarbough of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, gets instructions from his crew during...
Car 20 driver Sam Yarbough of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, gets instructions from his crew at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Driver Archie Adams Sr. works on his car inside a trailer at the Myrtle Beach Speedway and before the...
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Driver Archie Adams Sr., works on his car inside a trailer before the start of races during The Myrtle...
Driver Archie Adams Sr. works on his car inside a trailer at the Myrtle Beach Speedway and before the start of races during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. The South Carolina native celebrated his 72nd birthday during the races Saturday and has driven race cars for over 50 years. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Crew member Sam Messer of Easley, South Carolina, makes adjustments to a wrecked car at the Myrtle Beach...
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Crew member Sam Messer makes adjustments to a wrecked car during a Southeast Limited race before the...
Crew member Sam Messer of Easley, South Carolina, makes adjustments to a wrecked car at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during a Southeast Limited race before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Competitors in the Southeast Limited race come around the forth turn at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during...
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Competitors in the Southeast Limited race come around the forth turn during preliminary races before...
Competitors in the Southeast Limited race come around the forth turn at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during preliminary races before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
A young fan plays under the grandstands at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle...
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A young fan plays under the grandstands at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400
A young fan plays under the grandstands at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Car 02 driver Justin Miliken of Shallotte, North Carolina, leads during The Myrtle Beach 400 at the Myrtle...
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Car 02 driver Justin Miliken leads during The Myrtle Beach 400
Car 02 driver Justin Miliken of Shallotte, North Carolina, leads during The Myrtle Beach 400 at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Car 20 driver Sam Yarbough of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, flies by the start/finish line at the...
Myrtle Beach, UNITED STATES
Car 20 driver Sam Yarbough flies by the start/finish line during The Myrtle Beach 400
Car 20 driver Sam Yarbough of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, flies by the start/finish line at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Adams Racing crew chief James Clark of McColl, South Carolina, times laps for a driver during practice...
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Adams Racing crew chief James Clark times laps for a driver during practice rounds at the Myrtle Beach...
Adams Racing crew chief James Clark of McColl, South Carolina, times laps for a driver during practice rounds at the Myrtle Beach Speedway for the Southeast Limited race before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Car 12 crew member Bruce Hayes of Asheboro, North Carolina works on a engine at the Myrtle Beach Speedway...
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Car 12 crew member Bruce Hayes works on a engine before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400
Car 12 crew member Bruce Hayes of Asheboro, North Carolina works on a engine at the Myrtle Beach Speedway and before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Jerry "Stick" Beck of King William, Virginia, lowers a car from a trailer during preparations at the...
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Jerry "Stick" Beck lowers a car for a trailer during preparations for The Myrtle Beach 400
Jerry "Stick" Beck of King William, Virginia, lowers a car from a trailer during preparations at the Myrtle Beach Speedway for The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Crew member Jon Strickland (L) and driver Jeremy McDowell of Conway, South Carolina work on their car...
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Crew member Jon Strickland and driver Jeremy McDowell work on their car before the start of The Myrtle...
Crew member Jon Strickland (L) and driver Jeremy McDowell of Conway, South Carolina work on their car at the Myrtle Beach Speedway pit area before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Driver Ben Rhodes, 16, waits in the pit area at the Myrtle Beach Speedway before the start of The Myrtle...
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Driver Ben Rhodes waits in the pit area before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach
Driver Ben Rhodes, 16, waits in the pit area at the Myrtle Beach Speedway before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. The Kentucky teenager has been driving race cars for two years even though he just obtained his Kentucky learner's permit two weeks ago. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Fans and timers watch the action from the first turn at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach...
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Fans and timers watch the action from the first turn at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach...
Fans and timers watch the action from the first turn at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Early in the morning on race day, late model driver Michael Hardin of Pomfret, Maryland, howls from the...
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Driver Michael Hardin howls from the seat of his racer at the Myrtle Beach Speedway
Early in the morning on race day, late model driver Michael Hardin of Pomfret, Maryland, howls from the seat of his racer at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during preparations for The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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March 25, 2013
Crew member Dale Faircloth of Denton, North Carolina, relaxes in front of car 88 during a fan greet and...
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Crew member Dale Faircloth relaxes in front of car 88 before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400
Crew member Dale Faircloth of Denton, North Carolina, relaxes in front of car 88 during a fan greet and meet at the Myrtle Beach Speedway before the start of The Myrtle Beach 400 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 22, 2013. With higher levels of racing technology seeping down to the lower levels of stock car racing, weekend warrior drivers and crews are finding it hard to compete with the large amount of money needed to operate a competitive car in the lower NASCAR circuits. At four levels below the highest level of NASCAR, most drivers at the Myrtle Beach Speedway compete in the Whelen All-American Series of NASCAR. Picture taken March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Randall Hill (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT SOCIETY)
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