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Martinsville offers high-octane made-for-TV racing

Updated: November 2, 2009, 2:48 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

AP Photo/Steve Helber

They don't call Martinsville Speedway "The Paper Clip" for nothing.

One thing you can't call Martinsville Speedway is a cookie-cutter track.

An anachronism, maybe … a paper clip of asphalt patched with concrete … two parallel drag strips connected by hairpin turns … NASCAR's only remaining answer to the bumper-car rides at county fairs …

But not in the least mundane, and therefore ...

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