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May 13, 2001

Greyhounds and Nascars

By Jane Smith

Now most people would think me crazy if I compared greyhounds to Nascars but recently I found that they are very similiar. Both are used to race, both can be winners in their time, and both are put out for adoption once they are no longer race worthy.

Greyhounds are very gentle, loving dogs. They are raised to race. Up until a few years back, they were just killed when their racing careers ended. But some very loving people decided they deserved good homes and time to be pets so now they are adopted.

Now you are going either this lady has lost her mind or she is just plain crazy. But not really. You see, recently I saw two Nascars that had been adopted by a very nice gentleman in Titusville, Florida. And to my surprise, he adopted the number 21 car that Morgan Shepard and Michael Waltrip drove and now has Elliot Sadler behind the wheel. A true Wood Brothers car. And he had the #28 which was personally bought from non-other than Ernie Irvin.

Just like retired greyhounds, the retired Nascars are put in loving homes where they are truly wanted and taken care of. These two cars needed to be refreshed and that they are with loving and kind hands. The hands that will guide them eventually in car races with other retired Nascars at Daytona, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, etc.

No one ever really thinks about all the used-up racecars that Nascar must have but now I know that some do see the light of day again and feel the asphalt underneath their chasis. They go to loving homes where someone has waited for years to be able to afford this adoption of a lifetime.

Greyhounds and Nascars, how lucky they are. Once they have given every ounce of racing skill they have and given their best for all to see, they find new and rewarding lives to end their careers. Greyhounds and Nascars are really two of a kind. Both race, both are born and made just for racing, both give it their all for their careers, and once the glory is over, they come home to loving and gentle arms.

Jane Smith

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