The NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway is easily the most anticipated event of the early Cup Series season.

The excitement has built, with stock car racing’s premier series set to return to the historic 5/8-mile track for the first time since 1996.

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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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