Marshall Teague drove his "Teaguemobile" Hudson Hornet to victory in the 150 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the Arizona State Fairgrounds 1 mile dirt oval in Phoenix, Arizona. On lap 72, Teague hooked bumpers with the lapped car of Al King, sending King's Ford flipping. Teague stopped, got out of his car and checked to make sure King was OK before continuing in the race. Six former, current, or future Indy 500 drivers were in the 30 car field.
Troy Ruttman , driving the Agajanian #98jr, won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1 mile dirt Trenton Speedway in Trenton, NJ.
Walt Faulkner... Died ... AAA driver from 1949 to 1955. He also competed in NASCAR races. In 1950 Faulkner became the first rookie to win pole position at the Indianapolis 500. He died after a racing crash at a USAC Stock Car event in West Coast Speedway California on April 22 1956
Buck Baker drove one of the Kiekhaefer team Chrysler juggernauts to victory in the NASCAR GN race on the 1 mile circular dirt Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Future star Fred Lorenzen made his GN debut, finishing 26th.
Lee Petty, in the 'Virginia 500' (Martinsville, Virginia) won by his son Richard, made his first start since being badly injured in a 1961 Daytona qualifier, finishing 5th with relief help. Junior Johnson used the outside to move from 26th starting to the lead in 56 laps. Johnson later retired with rear gearing problems.
Stan Bowman wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Parnelli Jones at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH
Greg Weld wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Larry Dickson, Roger McCluskey and Bobby Unser at the Reading Fairgrounds, Reading,PA
Bill Engelhart wins the USAC Midget race over Merle Bettenhausen, John Batts and Roger West at the Charleston Speedway, Charleston,IL
Greg Moore... Born ... A Canadian racecar driver who competed in the Indy Lights and CART World Series, where he had great success with several wins in both series and a championship in the 1995 Indy Lights series. However, his promising career and his life came to an end on October 31, 1999, when he was fatally injured in a violent crash on the 10th lap of the CART season finale, the Marlboro 500, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
Eddie Leavitt wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Ron Shuman, Dick Tobias and Chuck Gurney at the Reading Fairgrounds, Reading,PA
Johnny Rutherford drove his Cosworth powered McLaren to victory in twin 125 mile CART Indy Car races on the 1.5 mile Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton, Georgia.
Richard Petty drove his Chevy to victory in the NASCAR GN 'Virginia 500' at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. It was Petty's first short track win since 1975. Petty led the last 130 laps, beating Buddy Baker's Ranier Chevy to the line by 4 seconds. Veteran James Hylton was a pleasant surprise, running second most of the day and leading 7 laps. Hylton was 3rd when the motor blew in his Chevy with 5 laps to go. Hylton, using a motor built just for Martinsville, said: "That's a $7000 engine down the drain, it's back to being conservative again."
Greg Leffler wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Jeff Bloom, Billy Cassella and Lennie Waldo at the Winchester Speedway,Winchester,IN
Ron Shuman wins the World of Outlaws race over Roger Larson, Shane Carson and Bobby Marshall at the I-90 Speedway, Hartford,SD
Tommy Astone wins the USAC Midget race over Sleepy Tripp, Wayne Bennet and Dave Strickland Jr. at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix,AZ
Paul Lotier won the Sprint Car feature race over Keith Kauffman and Barry Camp at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Daryl Gohn lost his life in a crash. ( Click here for the race report. )