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Atlanta Motor Speedway anything but a cookie cutter

What makes mile-and-a-half Atlanta Motor Speedway so special? Let's see ... wickedly fast, grooves galore, breathtaking finishes ... what's not to love?

Originally Published: September 27, 2007
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

To be honest, it seemed like a horrible idea. On March 10, 1997, less than 24 hours after Dale Jarrett took the checkered flag in the Primestar 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, track owner Bruton Smith sent in a fleet of bulldozers and earthmovers to reconfigure the 37-year-old racetrack.

As the machinery rolled in and started to demolish the backstretch (which would be transformed into the frontstretch by the time NASCAR returned eight months later) the noise of the diesel ...

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