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The Scene Vault: Mike Helton Joins NASCAR


By Rick Houston

Mike Helton grew up in Bristol, Virginia, working at the nearby legendary short track if for no other reason than to be a part of the spectacle.

He would later work at Atlanta … and then Talladega … and then International Speedway Corporation … as his career progressed. After more than a decade, he joined NASCAR as the vice president of competition.

He discovered very quickly that working on that side of the business was a much different proposition than the experiences he’d had at the track level. This is his story.


For more than 32 years, Grand National/Winston Cup/NASCAR Scene writers and photographers were there to record NASCAR history as it was being made. Join hosts Rick Houston and Steve Waid each week on The Scene Vault Podcast Presented by Q Ware as they take a look back at the extraordinary people, places and events woven into the rich tapestry that is our sport.

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