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NASCAR exec Jim Hunter dies at 71

Updated: October 30, 2010, 2:35 PM ET
Associated Press

Jim Hunter, a NASCAR executive who spent portions of six decades in the industry, first as a newspaper reporter and later as a public relations official with the sanctioning body, has died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 71.

Hunter died Friday night in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR said.

He was at Talladega Superspeedway when he was diagnosed last fall, and a race will be held there Sunday.

"Jim Hunter was one of NASCAR's giants," said NASCAR chairman Brian France. ...

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