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Daytona 500 Champion Pete Hamilton Dead at 74

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1970 Daytona 500 winner Pete Hamilton died on Wednesday.  He was 74 years old. Hamilton only raced 64 times in NASCAR’s premier series. With his passing, Hamilton leaves behind a truly unique legacy in racing history. A native of Dedham, Mass., Hamilton was a local racer at the Norwood Arena Speedway and moved up the ranks, …

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