1949: Bob Flock surges to victory in the Wilkes 200 at North Wilkesboro Speedway as Red Byron wraps up the first championship in NASCAR’s Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup) series. Byron limped to a 16th-place finish, but still clinched the title by 117.5 points over race runner-up Lee Petty. Flock, the only other driver than Byron to win two races in NASCAR’s inaugural season for its top division, inherited the lead for the final 20 laps after Bill Blair’s engine soured after pacing the first 180 laps.
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