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1964: Marvin Panch pulls ahead of Fred Lorenzen with 25 laps left to win an attrition-filled Wilkes 400 at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. Panch led 74 of the 400 laps in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford and finished 5.8 seconds ahead of Lorenzen’s Holman-Moody Ford. Darel Dieringer took third place in a Bud Moore Mercury, three laps down. Pole-starter Junior Johnson led 201 laps before retiring with engine failure, making him one of 21 drivers in the 32-car field who did not finish.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.