NASCAR Kitchens: Food in the Fast Lane Behind every car race is a kitchen — hidden in the crew pit, or tucked between the hauler and the trailer of the trucks that transport NASCAR and Indy cars from city to city. The Kitchen Sisters chronicle behind-the-scenes racetrack food and the people who make and eat it.
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NASCAR Kitchens: Food in the Fast Lane

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Behind every car race is a kitchen — hidden in the crew pit, or tucked between the hauler and the trailer of the trucks that transport NASCAR and Indy cars from city to city. The Kitchen Sisters chronicle behind-the-scenes racetrack food and the people who make and eat it.

Public radio listener John Wheeler, in his hidden kitchen, cooks for the team. Courtesy John Wheeler hide caption

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Courtesy John Wheeler

Robert "Junior Johnson" was a legendary moonshine runner and stock car racer. Courtesy Buz McKim hide caption

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Courtesy Buz McKim

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NASCAR Driver Frank Mundy on Racing in a Rental Car

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Mundy on Life -- and Meals -- in the Fast Lane

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NASCAR Historian Buzz McKim on Racing Legend Buck Baker's Tragicomic Tomato Juice Crash

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Story Producers

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters, with help from Heather Dahl. Mixed by Jim McKee, Earwax Productions.

About the Music in This Story

  • "Bulldog Drummin'" and "Big 'T'," both songs from the CD Deuces, "T's," Roadsters & Drums, by Hal Blaine and the Young Cougars. This track is from the reissue of Hal's 1963 RCA LP, put out in May 2001 by Sundazed Music. The song is one of several bonus tracks, some previously unreleased, on the 2001 reissue.
  • "Rumble," performed by Link Wray, from The Best of Link Wray. Licensed from Barnaby Records. This track is from a compilation on Rhino Records.
  • "Slinky" and "Night Life (Bert & Ray)," both performed by Link Wray & the Wraymen, from the album The Epic Sessions 1958-1961. Recorded in 1960. This version is from the 2002 Sony Music Entertainment compilation.

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