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1948
Ted Horn , driving the Ted Horn #1, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
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1955
Tim Flock took the lead when Herb Thomas' Chevy blew an engine with 10 laps to go, cruising to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race at the Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama. Flock led laps 10 through 174 on the 1/2 mile dirt track before Thomas got by for the lead. Flock's Kiekhaefer Chrysler 300 finished 4 laps ahead of the Olds of Joel Million.
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1960
A.J. Foyt wins the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Reading (PA) Fairgrounds Speedway over Jim Hurtubise, Jiggs Peters and Don Branson.
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1964
Steve Knapp... Born ... IRL driver 1998 to 2001
Junior Ritchey won the Modified Stock Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway , Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Al Tasnady won the Modified Stock Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway , Reading, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1965
Dick Hutcherson held off the repeated challenges of fellow Ford driver Ned Jarrett to win the 100 mile NASCAR GN race on the 1/2 mile dirt Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina. It was the first career GN win for Hutcherson. Surprise pole winner "Little" Bud Moore ran with the two Ford stars, leading 9 laps when they pitted. Hutcherson got by Moore on lap 48 and he & Jarrett ran nose to tail the rest of the way. Hutcherson won 29 IMCA races in 1964, all on dirt.
Bob Tattersall wins the USAC Midget race at Gardena, CA.
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1966
Jim Paschal took the lead when Richard Petty blew his engine with 53 laps left and went on to win the NASCAR GN 'Gwyn Staley Memorial 400' on the 5/8 mile paved North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Paschal's Friedkin Plymouth finished 6 laps ahead of G.C. Spencer's independent Plymouth.
Larry Dickson wins the USAC Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway .
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1968
Andy Granatelli lost a lawsuit against United States Auto Club. He claimed USAC had broken their own "3-year" engine rule when they severely restricted his turbine-powered Indy car. He did have his USAC membership reinstated.
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1970
Merle Bettenhausen wins the USAC Midget race at the Moody Clary Speedway, Navasota, TX
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1971
Billy Vukovich wins the USAC Midget race at Gardena, CA.
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1977
Cale Yarborough routed the field, winning the NASCAR GN 'Southeastern 500' at Bristol International Speedway by 7 laps. Yarborough put his Junior Johnson Chevy on the pole and led 495 of the 500 laps. Dick Brooks finished 2nd in the Donlevy Ford with Richard Petty's Dodge 9 laps back in 3rd.
Bubby Jones and George Snider win the USAC Sprint Car races at the Eldora Speedway .
Gary Bettenhausen wins the USAC Midget race at the Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, IN .
Bob Cicconi won the ARDC Midget race at the New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ.
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1981
Bobby Allen won the Super Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1982
Doug Wolfgang won the USAC Midget race at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines,IA
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1983
Gordon Johncock drove a Wildcat to victory in the CART Indy Car race at Atlanta, Georgia.
Darrell Waltrip wins the NW Bank 400 over Bobby Allison at the North Wilkesboro Speedway , North Wilkesboro, NC.
Ken Schrader wins the USAC Sprint Car race at the Paragon Speedway, Paragon, IN .
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1988
Terry Labonte wins the First Union 400 over Ricky Rudd at the North Wilkesboro Speedway , North Wilkesboro, NC.
Russ Gamester wins the USAC Midget race at the South Bend Motor Speedway, South Bend, IN
Don Kreitz Jr won the Super Sprint Car race at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Billy Pauch won the Modified Stock Car race at the Nazareth Half-Mile Speedway, Nazareth, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1993
Ron Shuman wins the USAC Midget race at the Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
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1994
Terry Labonte wins the First Union 400 over Rusty Wallace at the North Wilkesboro Speedway , North Wilkesboro, NC.
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2002
Buzz Barton... Died ... Raced in IMCA & USAC Sprints and Indy Cars
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2004
Garrett Hansen wins the USAC Midget race at the Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
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2005
Greg Biffle wins the Samsung/RadioShack 500 over Jamie McMurray at the Texas Motor Speedway , Fort Worth, TX.
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