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Today in History: March 17

March 17, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

1968: David Pearson finishes strong at Bristol International Speedway, leading the final 31 laps of the Southeastern 500. Richard Petty took second place as the only other car on the lead lap, while LeeRoy Yarbrough came home third. Pearson's first win of the year touched off the most successful season of his career -- he finished with 16 victories and his second Cup championship.