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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) -- Students at Belmont Abbey College may now graduate with a degree in motor sports management.

The Gaston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/10xlaZl ) that students were frustrated because they couldn't take their first motor sports related class until their sophomore year. That led some students to drop out of the program.

Director of motorsports management Travis Feezell found the curriculum created barriers that kept interested students away, and classes didn't allow students to experience their passion for motor sports because they weren't tailored to the motor sports field. It was then that the concentration rose to a full-fledged major.

Four students will graduate this year with the motor sports concentration. The class of 2014 will be the first to graduate with the motor sports management degree.

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