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With new track in Smith fold, expect race dates, and Chase dates, to change

He won't say so right off the bat, but Bruton Smith's purchase of New Hampshire International Speedway means times are a changing in NASCAR's near future, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: November 1, 2007, 3:03 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Most of those extra millions in cash Bruton Smith had lying around for a new speedway in Charlotte just got allocated elsewhere.

Sources confirmed a Boston Globe story Thursday that Smith has reached an agreement to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from longtime friend and business associate Bob Bahre.

This is the dream deal Smith has wanted for years. Now his options are wide open.

That long-awaited second Cup race ...

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