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Could NASCAR be coming to New York City after all?

Andrew Murstein, president of Medallion Financial and the scion of a family that made its fortune on taxis, is looking to build a race track in New York City, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reported that sites under consideration include property near Aqueduct Raceway in Queens and Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. However, a similar proposal to put a track on Staten Island died in 2007 because of local opposition. Much as we'd love to see NASCAR in New York City, it's going to take some serious legislative wrangling and arm-twisting to overcome activists.

"We think NASCAR is one of the best and most profitable sports for investment," Murstein said to the Daily News. "A track in or near New York City will draw many racing fans from the tri-state area who now have to travel to Pocono."

It's a fine idea, and we'll naturally follow it all the way through to the end, no matter where the story leads. Of course, why mess with the whole "develop a new race track" nonsense? Why not just run the cars right down the concrete canyons of Manhattan? I can see it now, and I think the pit stops might go a little something like this:

Make this happen, rich dudes!

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