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Telling stories at NASCAR Hall of Fame takes building relationships, not searching garages

NASCAR evokes the image of crowds, the shouts and rush of a speedway, the roar of machines pushed to their limit — not a museum or a collection of artifacts. Tom Jensen, curatorial affairs manager at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, would beg to differ.

Jensen recalls beginning his journey with NASCAR at the age of 6. He was walking home in Maitland, Florida, when he discovered a racecar connected to a trailer. Cotton Owens, a legendary NASCAR driver, gave him a tour. “He let me sit in the seat, open up the hood,” Jensen said. “I've been a race fan ever since.” Owens was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

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