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James Blackburn, ex-NASCAR driver

COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- James Ronald ''Bunkie" Blackburn, a former NASCAR driver who won a race at Daytona International Speedway, died Tuesday at his home, Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home in Columbia announced. His cause of death was not available. He was 69.

Mr. Blackburn drove in the Grand National and NASCAR circuits from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, driving for teams run by Smokey Yunick and Petty Enterprises.

He had four top fives and 14 top 10s in the Grand National series, The Daily Herald in Columbia reported. Mr. Blackburn ran 71 races at 26 different tracks in his career.

Mr. Blackburn's top finish was in 1968, when he won the Permatex 300 at Daytona from the pole.

He also won poles at Talladega and Bristol and was inducted into the Pure Darlington Record Club in 1964 after posting a record qualifying time.

He finished in the top 10 twice in the Daytona Firecracker 400.

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