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Today in honor of the number 43, we remember Richard Petty's last win at Daytona Int'l Speedway.

To say the 1984 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway was a classic is a bit of an understatement.

With President Reagan on hand, Richard Petty nipped Cale Yarborough to win the race and score his amazing 200th NASCAR Cup Series victory.

"There was a lot of excitement in the garage area that President Reagan was going to be down there," said MRN Radio's Barney Hall. "Everybody was speculating, 'Will Richard win his 200th race or will he not?' That pretty much dominated the conversation for the better part of the week down there. The only cat that was pretty laid back about it all was Richard. The press was bugging him all week and he was as cool as a cucumber."

Petty and Yarborough put on a battle for the ages over the final laps of the annual 4th of July weekend race at Daytona. The duo came out of turn four virtually even with Petty's STP Pontiac finally nosing ahead at the checkered flag.

"It was so close I couldn't call it," Hall said. "Mike Joy said, 'I think Richard Petty won by inches.' It turned out he did. But it was so close. I was excited as everybody else was when they came off of Turn 4 beating and banging. When they came across the line, I personally didn't think he had won from the angle I was looking at it but it turned out he did."

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