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NASCAR painters back to where careers began

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Alan Jones and his partner Steve Boudrow have their dream jobs -- they are both infield artists for NASCAR.

"I would say in NASCAR, this is the dream," Jones said. "I guess I'm living it here."

They are both painters. They paint the gigantic infield logos that strike television screens each weekend.

They are spending the week painting at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 -- the same track where their careers began in 1984.

They were originally painting by hand -- but technology has come a long way.

"Now we have big sprayers that spray a gallon-and-a-half a minute and we have GPS units to draw the images out on the grass," Jones said.

Work takes them all over the country. They now do infield artwork for almost every track in NASCAR.

So how do they feel when drivers that take the checkered flag, take to spinning donuts on their art?

"Oh, that doesn't bother me so much as long as it's after the big race," Boudrow said. "If it's the Nationwide or the truck guys coming out here and doing something like that, then we have to come clean it up."

And how do the driver's feel about taking to the artwork on grass-canvas?

"I feel bad for the guy[s] because they do great artwork," Austin Dillon said. "But when it comes down to it you feel like you're on top of the world when you win these races and nothing else matters.

"So in that moment, you're just taking advantage of everything you have and you feel like you've got the key to the city and you can tear up the paint if you want."

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