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Jim Hunter a savior of a hallowed place

Updated: May 5, 2011, 5:33 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

A joke about Darlington Raceway used to circulate through the NASCAR traveling show.

"Hey, did you hear about the tornado that hit Darlington?"

"No. Really?"

"It did $5 million worth of improvements."

That's how dilapidated NASCAR's most tradition-rich track was, for decades.

That was before Jim Hunter got there in 1993.

He arrived as track president with the name of one other deeply Southern sporting venue ...

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