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1918
Dick Fraizer... Born ... AAA / USAC driver 1949 to 1956
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1942
Jochen Rindt... Born ... Rindt was a German-Austrian racing driver. He is the only driver to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship (in 1970), after being killed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix. Away from Formula One Rindt was highly successful in other single-seat formulae, as well as sports car racing. In 1965 he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, driving a Ferrari 250LM in partnership with American Masten Gregory.
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1948
Ted Horn won the AAA sprint car feature at the 1 mile oval in Trenton, New Jersey. He also set a 1-lap record of 40.36 seconds.
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1949
Geoffrey Bodine... Born ... The oldest of the three Bodine brothers (Brett Bodine and Todd Bodine) who are all NASCAR drivers.
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1954
Herb Thomas dived underneath his brother Donald with 34 laps to go and held on to win the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1 mile dirt Orange Speedway in Hillsboro, North Carolina. Donald was leading on lap 65 when he had to swerve around a flipping car. Running several lengths behind, Herb used the opportunity to grab the lead. The brothers Hudson Hornets ran nose to tail the remaining laps with Herb edging Donald by a car length.
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1955
Pat O'Connor won the 30 lap AAA Sprint Car race at the Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, KS .
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1956
Pat O'Connor won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Birmingham Fairgrounds in Birmingham, AL .
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1958
Al Tasnady won the Modified Stock Car race at the Alcyon Speedway in Pitman, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1960
Glen Wood scored his first career NASCAR GN win, leading all 200 laps on the 1/4 mile paved Bowman-Gray Stadium (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) oval in his Ford.
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1964
Lou Lazzaro won the Modified Stock Car race at the Fonda Speedway , Fonda, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1965
Junior Johnson, taking the lead when a blown tire sent Marvin Panch into the wall with 11 laps to go, won the NASCAR GN 'Gwyn Staley Memorial' on the .625 mile paved North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Johnson had led a total of 345 laps when he made an unscheduled stop for a tire change on lap 370. Panch then took a comfortable lead in the Wood Brothers Ford until a tire blew and he hit the wall on lap 389. Johnson moved his Ford back out front and led to the checkered, finishing 7 seconds ahead of Bobby Johns in a Holman-Moody Ford.
Jud Larson drove the A.J. Watson #2 Offy car to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature on the high banked 1/2 mile dirt Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
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1968
Bobby Isaac won the 100 mile NASCAR GN race on the 1/2 mile dirt Columbia Speedway in Columbia, South Carolina. It was Isaac's first win since February 1964. Isaac took the lead on lap 15 and led the rest of the way. Isaac's lead was so great that on lap 138, he ran out of gas and coasted to the pits without losing the lead. Charlie Glotzbach got around James Hylton late in the race to take 2nd as Dodges swept the top 4 spots. Richard Petty earned no points for his 5th place finish as he failed to submit written entries for the second straight race.
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1971
Sam Sessions wins the USAC Sprint Car race at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen, OH.
Gary Ponzini wins the USAC Midget race at the Vallejo Speedway, Vallejo, CA
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1976
Gary Bettenhausen wins the USAC Sprint Car race at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen, OH.
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1981
Fred Rahmer won the Pro-Sportsman Stock Car race at the Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Dave Kelly won the Modified Stock Car race at the Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Richie Eurich won the Modified Stock Car race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Dave Lape won the Modified Stock Car race at the Fonda Speedway, Fonda, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Fred Orchard won the Sportsman Stock Car race at the Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Lynn Paxton won the Super Sprint Car race at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jay Myers won the Super Sprint Car race at the Lincoln Speedway, Abbottstown, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Keith Kauffman won the Super Sprint Car race at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1982
Darrell Waltrip wins the NW Bank 400 over Terry Labonte at the North Wilkesboro Speedway , North Wilkesboro, NC.
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1987
Bruce Field wins the USAC Midget race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN.
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1992
Lealand McSpadden wins the USAC Midget race and Rick Hendrix wins the USAC TQ Midget race at the Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA.
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1993
Rusty Wallace wins the First Union 400 over Kyle Petty at the North Wilkesboro Speedway , North Wilkesboro, NC.
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1999
John Andretti wins the Goody's Body Pain 500 over Jeff Burton at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
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2003
J.J. Yeley wins the USAC Midget race at the Madera Speedway, Madera, CA.
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2004
Rusty Wallace wins the Advance Auto Parts 500 over Bobby Labonte at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
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