CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR had never seen anyone quite like him.
Dion Williams had left behind football, with teammates from all over the country, for the racing track in North Carolina, where some of his fellow pit-crew members had not traveled outside the state except for races in far-flung Southern cities. It felt simultaneously strange and familiar.
“I hate to use this word, but I was a very good code-switcher and I had to be then because I did come in this sport a little rough around the…
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