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Old NASCAR lost its last giant

Updated: November 16, 2010, 2:31 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The last bastion of the real NASCAR is gone. Hunter is dead.

Oh, plenty of legendary drivers, crewmen and owners are still alive. I'm talking about inside the actual governing body, NASCAR itself.

I'm talking about the very soul of NASCAR. Hunter was that.

In media accounts we referred to him as Jim Hunter, but never at the tracks. All you ever needed to say was Hunter.

First time I met Hunter was at a poker table in a smoky ...

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