Marcus Mays has grown up around dirt track racing with his dad and uncle. The second-generation driver added to their family tradition by clinching the track championship for the Classic division last Saturday at I-75 Raceway in Athens.

Now 29, he explained why he always wanted to follow in their footsteps.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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