Days of Thunder

Is this the year of the grease monkey? Auto racing claims 70 million fans in the U.S. NASCAR sells $2 billion in merchandise a year (on tap: NASCAR-branded bikinis). And the sport isn't just a Middle America mania. It's inspiring movies and becoming part of the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Here's a look at some stars who feel the need for speed.

DRIVING A NEW COURSE Golfer Tiger Woods, in New Zealand last week for his caddie's wedding, won a charity stock-car race, despite crashing into the wall on the third lap. Gives new meaning to being in the...

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