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Today in History: July 31

July 31, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

1977: Benny Parsons holds off Richard Petty by .45 seconds to win the Coca-Cola 500 at Pocono Raceway, his seventh career victory in NASCAR's top series. Parsons started fourth and led 118 of the 200 laps. Petty's runner-up finish moved him past Cale Yarborough into the points lead. Yarborough wound up sixth. Pole-sitter Darrell Waltrip was third.