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Mark Beech
February 06, 2008
The race for speed was on
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February 06, 2008

New Frontiers

The race for speed was on

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1967
OPEN-WHEEL star Mario Andretti wins the 500, the first of only four races he'll win in a stock car during a racing career that spans five decades.

1968
THE KING meets the King on screen as Petty (along with Buddy Baker and the year's 500 winner, Cale Yarborough) makes a cameo in an Elvis Presley movie about stock car racing, Speedway.

1969
THE FIRST victory of LeeRoy Yarbrough's seven-win season comes at Daytona, where he begins his successful quest to capture NASCAR's Triple Crown (the Daytona 500, the World 600 and the Southern 500). Eleven seconds behind with 10 laps to go, Yarbrough takes the checkered flag by a car length.

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