NASCAR’s Most Surprising Upsets – Part 2

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Pete Hamilton poses with the checkered flag after winning at Talladega Superspeedway in 1970. His victory in the Daytona 500 that same season was one of NASCAR's biggest upsets. (NASCAR Photo)
Pete Hamilton poses with the checkered flag after winning at Talladega Superspeedway in 1970. His victory in the Daytona 500 that same season was one of NASCAR’s biggest upsets. (NASCAR Photo)

Pete Hamilton

The 1969 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year, Pete Hamilton found success on the biggest stage of them all when he won the 1970 Daytona 500 in a car fielded by Petty Enterprises.

The Massachusetts native became the focus of the entire Petty Enterprises team when his teammate, Richard Petty, fell out of the race with an engine failure on the seventh lap. It paid off as Hamilton won the race, leading the final nine laps to earn the first of his four victories at NASCAR’s top level.