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Today in History: May 18

May 18, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

1958: Junior Johnson posts a popular hometown victory at North Wilkesboro Speedway, holding off pole-sitter Jack Smith by six seconds in the Wilkes County 160. Johnson, who started third, led the final 82 laps of his sixth triumph in NASCAR's top series. Rex White took third as the last car on the lead lap. Johnson's victory was just the second for a car numbered 11, and the first of many that Johnson would be associated with; Denny Hamlin helped the number become the winningest in NASCAR's premier series earlier this season.