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Even as NASCAR wins friends from Atlanta to Avondale, there's no debating where the heart of racing beats strongest: Charlotte. Dale Earnhart Sr. was born in nearby Kannapolis and today, 13 of the 19 Nextel Cup race teams are based in the immediate area, including five in Mooresville. Even the ultrapopular Concord Mills Mall has a NASCAR Speedpark. Need more convincing? Read on.
Fans of the late Dale Earnhardt can trace his roots on the Dale Trail, a 19-stop driving tour that visits Earnhardt's boyhood home (right) among other places. A must stop: Junction Cafe & Grill in Kannapolis, which serves Senior's favorite sandwich, sliced tomato on white bread. Download a map at www.daletrail.com.
 Pie In The Sky Pizza
 North Carolina Auto Racing hall of fame
 REDS Athletic Club
 Joe Gibbs Racing
 Lowe's Motor Speedway
 Hendrick Motorsports Museum