Harmon takes "Big George's" ashes on ride of a lifetime in Nationwide car

George Helms was a diehard. He loved NASCAR, dreamed of someday attacking the high-banks at Daytona or Bristol or Darlington. He never got that chance in life, so Mike Harmon gave it to him after "Big George's" death, writes Marty Smith.

Updated: March 1, 2008, 8:29 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Mike Harmon was standing at the garage gate Thursday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, waiting for clearance to begin work on his Nationwide Series car, when a random lady approached with a bewildering request.

She introduced herself as Mara Brodeur, an ardent race fan from Medford, Ore., who was camping in the infield with a group of friends for the race. But one of those friends was missing -- Big George.

George Helms was a diehard. He loved NASCAR, ...

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