I\u2019m an NPR junkie, but every once in a while on my way to work I want to listen to music or something silly, but I can\u2019t take Howard Stern or most of those morning drive-time guys. There was this radio station in New Hampshire that I liked. The hosts of the morning show were silly but didn\u2019t try to imitate Stern. They joked about their kids, being parents and having day jobs. They would also carry on and on about Nascar. They\u2019d get all excited when races were coming to New Hampshire and they\u2019d interview drivers. At the time, I really had no idea what they were talking about. The thing that blew me away was this Nascar Math Contest they\u2019d have to give tickets to races away. Someone would call into the show, and they\u2019d present the caller with a complex math problem. It\u2019d be like, Divide Jeff Gordon by Dale Earnhardt Jr., add Rusty Wallace and what do you get? You had to know the numbers of all those drivers\u2019 cars to get the answer, and if you figured it out, you\u2019d get tickets. I thought that was hilarious. One day in 2001 I decided I had to figure out exactly what these guys were talking about, so I went to a Busch Series race. (The Busch series is the top minor league circuit in Nascar.) At the track, I couldn\u2019t help but smile and laugh because everything about Nascar is really over the top: It\u2019s loud. The colors are garish. The garish commercial advertisements all over the cars and the drivers\u2019 uniforms. And everybody is a fan. Everybody who goes to these races wears their favorite driver\u2019s colors. I found it very entertaining. I also noticed how fast these cars were going. Depending on the track, they\u2019re clipping around at 195 miles an hour and they\u2019re six inches apart from each other and they drive like that for three and a half hours. It\u2019s amazing. There are some tracks, like Talladega or Daytona (which are the two fastest on the circuit) where drivers will be three cars wide, 10 cars deep traveling that way. It\u2019s like artistry. It\u2019s pretty amazing. And it\u2019s very competitive. Although the drivers have a strong desire to beat each other, at the same time they have to have an amazing amount of respect and trust for each other because it\u2019s a dangerous sport. As a driver, you need to know that the others aren\u2019t going to do something that will put you in peril. These guys are tough guys. There\u2019s something really fascinating about the level of competition, the skill of the driver and the amount of trust and camaraderie that has to exist between them all. My first experience at the track was great, and I\u2019ve been hooked ever since.