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Yunick won two Daytona 500s

Updated: May 9, 2001, 3:19 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Henry "Smokey" Yunick, one of the key innovators from stock car racing's early days, died of leukemia Wednesday. He was 77.

Operating out of a repair shop he dubbed "The Best Damn Garage in Town," Yunick helped develop Chevrolet's original small-block engine in 1955, the blueprints of which are still used on today's cars.

He was the last owner to win at Daytona when they raced on the beach, in 1958. He fielded winners at the 1961 and '62 Daytona 500s and won ...

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