Future of North Carolina Speedway up to the highest bidder

Long before there was the Chase, long before there was a wrestler who's now known as Dwayne Johnson, there was The Rock. As the venerable North Carolina Speedway goes on the auction block, Ryan McGee takes a look at the past, present and future of the track.

Originally Published: September 27, 2007
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Rockingham needs a hero. A last-minute reprieve. A speedway savior.

On Oct. 2, North Carolina Speedway will play host to its first decent crowd in more than three years, its first significant gathering since 50,000 fans watched Matt Kenseth beat rookie Kasey Kahne by .010 seconds in one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history. The event will be a winner-take-all, no-reserve, no-minimum absolute auction of the historic one-mile oval and the surrounding 240-plus acres. The story ...

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