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WALTRIP BEATS PETTY ON THIS DAY IN 1979

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Darrell Waltrip

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Richard Petty

During the Rebel 500 event at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, drivers
Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty swap the lead four times in a last-lap battle
before Waltrip finally wins the race.

The race also featured a pit stop mishap in which driver David Pearson,
following a miscommunication with his crew, drove away with only two of
his four tires properly changed. Pearson’s car flipped over and had to be
removed from the race. The embarrassing incident led to Pearson, who
was a top driver, being released from his team, Wood Brothers.

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‘’THE KING’’ IS MAKING ROOM

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Richard Lee Petty will turn 81 July 2.


(Fox News) – Living racing legend Richard Petty (above) is auctioning off
a trove of trophies, memorabilia and even some of the cars from his 60-
year NASCAR career.

They include a 1974 Dodge Charger that he won 31 races with, including
the 1974 Daytona 500 (below).

The event is being organized by Julien’s Auctions and will take place at
the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on May 12.


Petty's 1974 Dodge Charger

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A RECAP OF PAST WORLD NEWS

today in history

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JOHN BELMONT

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Mark Twain’s "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was
published in the
United States for the first time on
this day in 1885.

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Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

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In Montgomery, AL, on this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was
inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States.

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Jefferson Davis was sworn in as Provisional President
of the Confederate States of America on the steps of
the Alabama State Capitol (above/below).

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On this day in 1970, The Chicago Seven defendants were found
innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic
national convention.

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Police arrest protesters outside of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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John Joseph Travolta is 64 years old today. Born in Englewood, NJ.

John Travolta starred in the 1970s hit films Saturday Night Fever and 
Grease. He later went on to play Vincent Vega in the critically acclaimed
1994 film
Pulp Fiction.

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On this day in 2001, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was
killed in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500 race. He
died instantly from blunt force trauma to the skull.

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DRAG RACING LEGEND HAS DIED AT 73

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Bob Glidden
  (August 18, 1944 – December 17, 2017)

Ten-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden passed away on Sunday
after being hospitalized earlier in the month for an undisclosed illness.

Glidden was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005
and in 2001, a panel ranked him fourth in the National Hot Rod Association
Top 50 Drivers, 1951-2000. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inducted
Glidden in 1994. He came out of retirement to drive occasionally through the
2010 season, and although never won again, he left a championship legacy.

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RACING STAR IS 43 TODAY

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was born in Kannapolis, NC.

NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Busch Series Championship in
1998 and 1999 and the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. He went into his
first race with a car he co-owned with his half brother Kerry. Junior, as he
is called by many, won his 12th consecutive Sprint Cup Series Most Popular
Driver Award in 2014. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale
Earnhardt Sr.

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Junior (left) with father Dale Sr. who was killed on February 18, 2001
on the final lap of the Daytona 500. 

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