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NASCAR's Hunter in the fight of his life

Updated: December 10, 2009, 4:17 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The crusty voice on the other end of the phone was strong, almost defiant.

"You can bet your ass I'm fighting," Jim Hunter said. "I have too much to live for."

If you follow NASCAR, you may have noticed Hunter's name a few thousand times. He's not a driver or a crew chief. He's not one of the major decision-makers like chairman Brian France or president Mike Helton, although many of us in the media believe he should be.

But when the decision-makers have ...

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