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Today in History: November 1

November 01, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

1953: Buck Baker surges to victory in the season finale at Lakewood Speedway outside of Atlanta as Herb Thomas drives home 14th to become the first two-time NASCAR Grand National series champion -- now known as the Sprint Cup Series. Baker led 22 of the 100 laps at the mile-long dirt track, edging runner-up Fonty Flock and third-place Lee Petty. Both Baker and Thomas will be honored next year as inductees into the 2013 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.