Sport: Motor Madness

In the sticky, midsummer night air of the U.S. last week the fans were turning out in droves for a new national pastime: stock-car racing. Sheer speed was not the point; nobody was after records. The main idea was to pack 20 or 25 hopped-up cars on a tight, sharply-turned little quarter-mile track, and let them go for the bacon. The result was motor madness —a deafening combination of roaring engines and screeching tires, cars careening against each other or spinning into fences at 60 m.p.h.

In Chicago, where the racing is done mostly...

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