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Classic Day in History: 1981 Daytona 500

Petty and crew came through in '81

'King' Richard ruled NASCAR

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Classic Daytona 500

ESPN Classic will celebrate the Daytona 500 on Saturday with an entire day of classic drivers and races. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, the Allison's and Dale Earnhardt will be among the drivers competing in some of the greatest "Super Bowl" of NASCAR races. Here's our Classic Daytona 500 schedule

10 a.m. - 1976 Daytona 500
The race boils down to a final lap duel between David Pearson and Richard Petty in which the two crash on the last lap. Pearson manages to limp across the finish line, and helps put NASCAR in the spotlight. The telecast marks the first time ABC showed the finish live.

11 a.m. - 1979 Daytona 500
The "King," Richard Petty, captures his sixth win at Daytona with an average speed of 143.977 mph.

Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt (center) and wife Teresa (l) celebrate his 1998 Daytona 500 win.
1 p.m. - 1984 Daytona 500
The race comes down to a duel between defending champion Cale Yarborough and his rival Darrell Waltrip that is settled by a dramatic last lap pass by Yarborough. Yarborough becomes the second driver in history to win back-to-back Daytona 500s.

3 p.m. - 1988 Daytona 500
Father and son Bobby and Davey Allison finish first and second as Bobby wins his third Daytona 500.

5 p.m. - 1990 Daytona 500
Derrike Cope wins when Dale Earnhardt blows a tire on the final lap.

7 p.m. - 1998 Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt finally wins his first Daytona 500 on his 20th try. The race kicks off the year-long celebration of 50 years of NASCAR.

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