1949: Red Byron takes control after the halfway point to win the first race for NASCAR’s premier series at Martinsville Speedway. Byron surged past Fonty Flock in the 104th lap and led the rest of the 200-lap main event to become NASCAR’s first two-time winner. Lee Petty finished second with Ray Erickson third, both three laps behind Byron, who went on to claim the first NASCAR Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup) championship.
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