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October 27, 1957 – Buck Baker becomes first consecutive NASCAR champion

A dramatic 250 lap NASCAR race unfolded on the ⅓ mile dirt track in Greensboro, North Carolina on this day in 1957, capping off the year’s racing season. Early excitement took place on lap 35 when an accident knocked multiple racers out of the event and sent Marvin Panch end over end in his Ford. Panch’s car landed on its wheels and he was able to complete 16 more laps before the car finally called it quits. The crashes kept coming that race, leading to a long afternoon for the 2,500 fans shivering in the grandstands, but when the green flag was out they were enthralled by a high octane duel.

Elzie Wylie “Buck” Baker Sr., in his Black Widow 1957 Chevrolet, and Lee Petty, in his Oldsmobile, swapped the lead four times throughout the race. Finally, on lap 191 Baker pulled ahead and led to the checkers. Baker took home the $1,000 grand prize from the event, but more importantly he earned the points that secured his second consecutive Grand National Series Championship trophy, making him the first driver to ever win it two years in a row.

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