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Herb Thomas

Age: 77

NASCAR pioneer who won the Grand National Racing (now Winston Cup) championship in 1951 and 1953; ranks 12th on the career victory list with 48 wins in 230 starts; won Southern 500 three times in the 1950s; inducted in International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994. He died of a heart attack.

Died: Sanford, N.C., Aug. 9

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