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NASCAR America: Aric Almirola’s My Home Track – East Bay Raceway Park

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Aric Almirola first got a taste of auto racing at the dirt track East Bay Raceway Park in Riverview, Florida.

Watch the above video to learn about the tradition a young Almirola had with his grandfather when he would win races at the short track.

NASCAR America: Wisconsin, Wyoming featured in My Home Track finale

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We started My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows roughly three months ago. During that time, My Home Track became one of our more popular features as fans rediscovered the joy of grassroots racing at short tracks from Maine to Hawaii.

But every good thing must come to an end and Thursday was the finale for My Home Track, with visits to Wisconsin (State Spark Speedway) and Wyoming (Sweetwater Speedway).

We hope you’ve enjoyed the series.

NASCAR America: 50 States in 50 Shows: Washington, West Virginia

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With only two days left in NASCAR America’s “50 States in 50 Shows” series, it’s time to double up on states with Washington and West Virginia.

The Washington track profiled is Deming Speedway, a dirt track in Everson, Washington, where native Kasey Kahne races sprint cars in his youth.

NASCAR America analyst Greg Biffle is also from Washington and he shared some of his memories of racing.

“If you can dodge the rain drops, the season doesn’t really get started until early to mid-April,” Biffle said. “I remember raining out eight weeks in a row to start the season.

Up next is the state of West Virginia, where Ona Speedway resides roughly an hour west of the Charleston.

This 3/8-mile track is the only asphalt oval in the state and was once owned by Dick Clark.

NASCAR America: 50 States in 50 Shows: Virginia

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The latest edition of “50 States in 50 Shows” takes you to Virginia, one of the most important states in NASCAR.

Virginia hosts four NASCAR Cup Series races a year at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.

But there used to be more Virginia tracks on the Cup circuit. One of them was Langley Speedway in Hampton.

The 4/10-mile track was won at by the likes of Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Bobby Isaac.

But Ned Jarrett, father of NBC Sports analyst Dale Jarrett, won the inaugural race at the track.

“I remember being there for his wins,” Dale Jarrett said. “I had no at the time just how difficult a track it was until my career started. … Even though it’s only 4/10ths of a mile, it was a track where if you felt you could run well there, you could pretty much go anywhere in the country and race well.”

Watch the above video for more on Langley Speedway.

NASCAR America: 50 States in 50 Shows: South Carolina

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The latest edition of “50 States in 50 Shows” takes you to South Carolina, which is home to Darlington Raceway, David Pearson and Cale Yarborough.

It’s also home to Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, which is located in the Northwestern part of the state.

The 3/mile-track has been in operation since 1963 and hosts NASCAR-sanctioned races.

Watch the video for more on the track and about racing in South Carolina from Dale Jarrett.