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1971: Richard Petty takes advantage of Bobby Allison’s misfortune to prevail in the Delaware 500 at Dover International Speedway. It was the 18th of 21 victories for Petty that season, which ended in his seventh and final championship in NASCAR’s top series. Allison led 394 of the 500 laps from the pole position before a late pit stop with a two-lap lead revealed broken lug nuts on his Holman-Moody Mercury. Petty cruised from there, finishing one lap ahead of runner-up Charlie Glotzbach and third-place Bobby Isaac. Allison trudged home to a fourth-place finish, two laps behind

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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.