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Today in History: April 22

April 22, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

1979: Richard Petty enjoys a dominant day at Martinsville Speedway to capture the Virginia 500, notching his first victory in a Chevrolet. Petty, known for driving for several manufacturers over the course of his career, started second and led 247 of the 500 laps. Buddy Baker led 196 laps and drove home second, four seconds behind at the finish. Pole-sitter Darrell Waltrip wound up third, one lap down.