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Mama Speed

Gaye Busch keeps her racing worries in check By Mike Savicki   Like all caring mothers, Gaye Busch is concerned about the well-being of her children. She worries about them when they are on vacation, driving on the roadways and, especially, when they are at…

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Cult of the Tailpipe

A motorcycle lifestyle has personal appeal By Mike Savicki   At first glance, Patty Griffin of Cornelius does not appear to fit the stereotype of the rough and tough outlaw that is the traditional Harley-Davidson motorcyclist. She is a mother of two, a wife, a…

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Down and Dirty, and Good Clean Fun

Charlotte Rugby Club draws an eclectic mix of players who can’t get enough of the game By Mike Savicki   A popular bumper sticker on cars parked at the Skillbeck Athletic Grounds in northwest Charlotte reads, Give Blood Play Rugby. To the uneducated eye, it is…

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She’s Swinging for the Stars

Katie Kirk has the golf ball rolling her way By Mike Savicki   On an afternoon when most golfers might choose to leave their clubs in the trunk, sixteen-year-old Katie Kirk is on the practice area at River Run Country Club in Davidson. The driving…

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A Matter of Trust

Crew Chief Steve Letarte knows how to build a team   By Mike Savicki   For the last seven years, Steve Letarte has run nearly every lap of every NASCAR Sprint Cup race. He knows what it takes to win and he knows how it feels…

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Stills in the Hills

Moonshine and racing history go hand in hand in the Piedmont By Mike Savicki   Before the Earnhardts, Pettys and Waltrips became household names in the racing world, the Graftons, Lippards, Littles, Heffners and Burgess brothers pegged their speedometers and turned heads across the Carolina…

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Green Grass Forever

A Mooresville company’s high-tech turf gives athletes an edge By Mike Savicki   It was 1965 when the Houston Astrodome opened as the world’s first multi-purpose, large scale, domed sports stadium. Nicknamed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” it featured numerous groundbreaking innovations that changed…

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Another Day in Paradise

Karl Noonan has led an extraordinary life filled with setbacks and victories By Mike Savicki   A sign hangs above one of the televisions in Karl Noonan’s home. It simply reads Another Day in Paradise.   The sign could serve as a reminder of Noonan’s…

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Keep Moving

Brad Keselowski doesn’t stop when the race is over By Mike Savicki   A twenty-seven-year-old who is living his dream in racing.   That’s how Mooresville’s Brad Keselowski summarizes his current lifestyle as we conclude an interview near Penske Racing headquarters. NASCAR’s two weeks of Charlotte…

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T-Bayne!

Meet Trevor Bayne, America’s Youngest Daytona 500 Champion By Mike Savicki   When you win the Daytona 500, it’s fair to say you pretty much have free reign to do whatever you want on the grounds of the Daytona International Speedway. Trevor Bayne celebrated his…