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Today in History: November 6

November 06, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

1988: Alan Kulwicki gets his first victory in NASCAR's premier series, winning the Checker 500, the first race for the tour at Phoenix International Raceway. Kulwicki, who won the 1992 series title, took command when Ricky Rudd retired with engine failure after leading a race-high 183 laps. The Wisconsin native took the checkered flag 18.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Terry Labonte and celebrated with what would become his trademark, the backward "Polish Victory Lap." Davey Allison, Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace completed the top five.