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Texas track has come a long way in 10 years

Updated: April 7, 2006, 7:27 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

Bruton Smith built it, and NASCAR came to Texas Motor Speedway. And then the green flag dropped to kick off the first Winston Cup race at the track in 1997.

And the field started wrecking.

A year later, water seeped through the track, sparking more controversy.

Finally, the track was reconfigured and the competitors were happy.

Smith, wasn't, however, since the facility was hosting just one Cup race a year. Smith insisted NASCAR's Bill France Jr. had assured ...

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