Tracking NASCAR with a gay flair

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Wherever there are hotrod hotties, there’s sure to be gay fans.

That’s a fact not unnoticed by Betty Jack DeVine, a longtime Atlantan and drag personality who turned a fascination with NASCAR into Gaytona.com, a web site created in 2003 to follow the racing circuit and provide a welcoming place for gay fans.

I’ve known Betty Jack for years, since the early days of my career at Southern Voice, and enjoy stopping by the site to check the performance of the DeVine 9 ½, her mix of favorite drivers. But ESPN.com recently discovered the site, thanks to a 1,000-word column by Ryan McGee.

“We figured the site would just sit there. Then I started getting e-mails that each said the same thing. ‘Betty Jack, I can’t believe it! I thought I was the only gay NASCAR fan!’ They didn’t come flooding in, but they were steady and came from people all over the country, relieved that they weren’t alone.”

“I have to remind people that this is nothing serious. I get reporters calling and asking, ‘What is your membership base?’ or ‘Do you have representatives at every track?’ And I’m like, ‘Dude, this is just me and my boyfriend having fun with other race fans.'”

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