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The grandstands of Evergreen Speedway in Washington state were jammed two hours before race time. The 7,200-plus fans were all waiting to see NASCAR superstar David Pearson. It was Pearson’s first visit to Washington state and he brought along a friend. That’s Ralph Seagraves to Pearson’s left. Seagraves was R.J. Reynold’s President of Special Events Operations and in conjunction with Junior Johnson roundly was credited with bringing the Winston sponsorship to NASCAR.