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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Virginia's NASCAR Heritage

While Virginia will unfortunately not be selected as the site of the future NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Commonwealth has a rich racing history nonetheless. In preparation for the start of the new season, NASCAR.com has been counting down with a racing history of all 50 states. Today the Old Dominion is in the spotlight.

NASCAR.com looks at the accomplishments of some of the sport's great Virginians such as two-time champ Joe Weatherly, the Burtons, Sadlers, and Woods', Ricky Rudd, Rick Mast and Curtis Turner. They also highlight Virginia's two current tracks, Martinsville and RIR, and some past tracks such as Langley Speedway, Old Dominion Speedway, and my personal favorite, the New River Valley Speedway.

One thing they fail to point out is Virginia's distinguished NASCAR racing team, Morgan McClure Motorsports. The #4 team has been racing in NASCAR since 1983 and has featured such drivers as Mark Martin, Ernie Irvan, Sterling Marlin, Bobby Hamilton, and now its newest driver, Scott Wimmer. While the classic yellow paint scheme is a thing of the past, Morgan McClure has a bright future with one of NASCAR's most talented young drivers.

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