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Why Older Tracks Like Martinsville Speedway Are True NASCAR Treasures

I'd venture to guess that many people 25 years old or younger have no idea what kind of national treasure Martinsville Speedway is not only to NASCAR, but also to this country in general. The .526-mile paper clip-shaped flat short track in southern Virginia is something that young people just don't understand. While they may think it's just an old bullring, it's so much more than that. It's NASCAR history, old-school racing the way it used to be and what the sport was built upon, a place where the greatest of the greats—including the likes of Petty, Earnhardt, Pearson, Waltrip and so many others—plied their trade before NASCAR became what it is today. I admit, it was only a handful of years ago that I advocated cutting Martinsvi...

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