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It's a routine Monday morning inside Daytona USA, the $20 million interactive museum celebrating America's fascination with stock-car racing. A mesmerized young fan peers inside Dale Earnhardt's legendary Chevy. A young woman struggles with a video-game simulator as she tries to "qualify" for a NASCAR race. Dozens wait in line for a bus tour of the adjacent Daytona International Speedway, home of the sport's most celebrated event, the Daytona 500. And as the sound of revving engines blares, fans of all ages parade through this shrine to speed like pilgrims treading sacred ground.

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