Dick Atkins... Born ... One of the best sprint car drivers of his era and was just begining to shine in the USAC Championships when he was killed at Ascot Park when Don Branson's car bounced off the wall back into his path. Branson died instantly and Atkins passed away the next day from what at first were believed to be burns. However an autosy revealed that the cause of death was a fractured skull.
Chris Kneifel... Born ... Cart / USAC driver from 1982 to 1984
Richard Petty took the lead on lap 19 and went on to win by a lap in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the Atlantic Rural Fairgrounds 1/2 mile dirt track in Richmond, Virginia. Only 12 cars started the race.
Roger McCluskey wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Parnelli Jones and Jim Hurtubise at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
Jimmy Davies wins the USAC Midget race at the Kearney Bowl, Fresno,CA.
Rex White drove the Louis Clements Chevy to his 4th win of the season in the rain shortened NASCAR GN race at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Rain stopped the race after 108 of the scheduled 200 laps had been run on the 1/4 mile paved oval. Jack Smith was 2nd.
Richard Petty benefitted from Cale Yarborough's misfortune to win the NASCAR GN 'Virginia 500' at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Yarborough was 4.5 seconds ahead of Petty when he hit oil from "Big" John Sears blown engine and tapped the wall. Yarborough elected not to pit on the caution and Petty got by on the restart. Petty's Plymouth finished 9 seconds ahead of Yarborough's Wood Brothers Ford with independent J.T. Putney third in a Chevy. Ralph Moody withdrew his Ford as driver Fred Lorenzen was still recovering from an ulcer.
Mario Andretti drove his Ford powered Brawner-Hawk to victory in the 150 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 mile paved Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey. Andretti led every lap of the race and lost his only serious challenger when A.J. Foyt retired with a broken suspension on the 86th lap. Roger McCluskey finished a distant 2nd in his Eagle-Ford, the only other driver to complete all 150 laps. It was the debut for the new Hawk chassis, which was scheduled to debut at Phoenix until Andretti crashed it in practice.
Richie Eurich won the Miller High Life 100 Twin Track Modified Stock Car race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY. Brett Hearn was second followed by Richie Smith, Steve Bottoher, Carl Reynolds and Doug Hoffman.
Tanner Thorson won the 30-lap second night of the Keystone Invasion USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the Big Diamond Speedway , Pottsville, Pa. . Jakle Swanson was second followed by Kevin Thomas Jr,, Brady Bacon and C.J. Leary. Click to watch the feature highlights video.
David Gravel won the 25-lap Bristol Throwdown World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Aaron Reutzel was second followed by Carson Macedo, Sam Hafertepe Jr and Donny Schatz. Click to watch the feature highlights video.
Stewart Friesen won the 40-lap Super DIRTcar Series Modified race at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Tyler Dippel was second followed by Mat Williamson, Tim Sears Jr and Mike Mahaney.
Lucas Wolfe won the 410 Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.. Justin Peck finished second followed by Freddie Rahmer,Dylan Cisney and Kyle Moody.