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Today in History: April 4

April 04, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

1963: LeeRoy Yarbrough starts from the pole for the first time in his Cup career, but it doesn't translate into a top-five finish in a scheduled 200-lap race at Augusta (Ga.) Speedway. Yarbrough leads the first eight laps before giving way to Ned Jarrett, who leads the next 104 and gets the victory when the race is stopped after 112 laps because of excessive dust on the half-mile dirt track. Fifteen cars are in the field, and Yarbrough finishes ninth, 11 laps back. Richard Petty is second, the only other car on the lead lap, and Curtis Turner is third.