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NASCAR makes so much of its Drive for Diversity, its effort to make its races more gender and ethnically diverse.

Curiously, the drag racing already has a driver’s community that looks like an American community with diversity in abundance.

Just this weekend at the Winternationals in Pomona we had a young African American driver among the fastest in Top Fuel, a couple Latin drivers among the fastest in Funny Car and a woman was among the fastest in Pro Stock.

In a month or so, when the Pro Stock Bike season starts, there’ll be more women, an African American and a Latino winning races and competing for championships.

This week I had a conversation with a young African American driver who grew up in a racially tense region of America.

I learned NASCAR wanted him if he’d sign a long term deal to help diversity stock car racing.

To his credit, he chose drag racing where hard work and talent was enough and he didn’t need a binding legal document manipulating his future.

When you hear that you understand why there’s a need to drive for diversity when diversity is driven daily in the real world of major league drag racing.