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NASCAR's Helton on Martinsville Speedway: 'This is where we started'

What's so special about the tiny Virginia racetrack shaped like a paper clip? It's old, it's odd, and it's got history oozing out of its cracks, writes Ed Hinton.

Updated: October 18, 2008, 11:52 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The Chase is more a pilgrimage this weekend, back to NASCAR's deepest roots -- its smallest, oldest, oddest track.

Whenever NASCAR president Mike Helton brings younger officials here, where the parking lots are grassy hillsides, inevitably, Helton says, "Somebody asks, 'How did Martinsville ever even get a [race] date?'

"I tell them, 'What you have to understand is that Martinsville built NASCAR. NASCAR didn't build Martinsville.'"

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