A major league pitcher sat on one end of a couch at a downtown hotel earlier this month, turning toward an inconspicuous 20-year-old on the other side.
“I have a question,” said C.J. Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels left-hander. “How convinced were you getting into the car for the first time on the track that this was a good idea?”
Wilson — sitting over a plate of bacon and eggs during a break in his team's series with the Orioles earlier this month — looked to the driver on his professional race team.
“I was 16 or 17,” Emilee Tominovich said with a smile. “I don't think the danger of what could happen really registered.”
The Clarksville native gripped the wheel of...