NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — Race day is always exciting, but the NASCAR All-Star weekend at North Wilkesboro Speedway was something special.

It was the first time major NASCAR racing took place at the historic 5/8-mile oval since 1996 and the grandstands were packed Saturday and Sunday for the racing action.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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