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Talladega Speedway Tries to Tame the Demons That “Haunt” the Track

In addition to Halloween weekend, replete with tricks and treats, Talladega Superspeedway has always been known for its weird happenings since the first race was run 40 years ago.  Some might even called it cursed. With this "jinxed" history hanging over Talladega's head, track President Rick Humphrey took matters into his own hands.  He contacted Creek Medicine Man Robert Thrower to perform a traditional Native American balancing ceremony prior to the race weekend. Thrower performed the ceremony on the start-finish line of the race track.  He asked specifically for balance to be restored to the land. "Most everything in Native American belief is about keeping balance," Thrower said.  "Sometimes people and places can get out of balance,...

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