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A fading hero strikes back
Kim Chapin
October 19, 1970
Victory-starved Lee Roy Yarbrough outlasted faster rivals to win a big race for Mercury at Charlotte, N.C.
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October 19, 1970

A Fading Hero Strikes Back

Victory-starved Lee Roy Yarbrough outlasted faster rivals to win a big race for Mercury at Charlotte, N.C.

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Yarbrough calmly took the checkered flag with the track under caution lights from a late accident, but no one even suggested that he had gained a cheap victory, least of all Lee Roy.

He was almost too exhausted to enjoy his triumph. "I drove all of those 334 laps like it was qualifying," he said. It was the kind of drive Curtis Turner would have enjoyed.

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