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Young driver on fast track to NASCAR

Jeff Oleen's racing career began 12 years ago with an old, ramshackle go kart his father bought for him to restore. And for much of his youth, racing was just a hobby for Oleen. Spending Saturdays at the track meant a chance to bond with his father.

The Bethesda native quickly demonstrated an innate ability, winning five consecutive go kart championships between ages 12 and 16 at Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Md.

Kart racing led to formula racing and then to stock car racing. Soon, Oleen realized racing was a viable career path. He wasn't the only one who noticed.

NASCAR selected the 20-year-old to showcase his racing skills in this weekend's NASCAR Drive for...