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I didn't necessarily sign up for this

Updated: January 6, 2009, 10:44 AM ET
By Marty Smith

CONCORD, N.C -- It's 10:03 a.m. Sunday before the Coca-Cola 600. I'm standing in front of a camera at the entrance to pit lane at Lowe's Motor Speedway, one minute from live air on NASCAR Now. It's a glorious day, and the wind is picking up.

Dramatically.

Because a Blackhawk helicopter is touching down 40 yards away.

Down goes the sun shade, salvaged only barely thanks to Tim Cowlishaw's cat-like reflexes. T.O. would be jealous. The camera almost ...

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