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1884
Bob Burman... Born ... AAA driver 1909 to 1916.
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1934
Lou Meyer won a 151 mile Stock Car race held on a 1.385 mile dirt road course in and around the Legion Ascot Speedway in Los Angeles, California. Meyer averaged 51.33 mph in a Ford.
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1936
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.
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1948
Jules Ellingboe ... Died ... AAA driver from the 1920's
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1960
Billy Cantrell wins the USAC Midget race at the Gardena Stadium, Gardena,CA.
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1961
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.
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1962
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.
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1967
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.
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1969
P.J. Jones... Born ... P.J. has raced in NASCAR, the IRL, and Champ Car. He is the son of racing legend Parnelli Jones, and brother of Page Jones.
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1971
Dempsey Wilson... Died ... USAC driver from the 1950's and 60's.
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1972
Gary Bettenhausen drove his Penske to victory in the 200 mile USAC Championship race on the 1.5 mile kidney shaped Trenton Speedway in Trenton, NJ.
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1978
Darrell Waltrip wins the Virginia 500 over Neil Bonnett at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
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1987
Jeff Purvis won the Late Model Stock Car race over Billy Moyer, Eddie Pace, Wayne Brooks and Larry Phillips at the Cotton Boll Speedway , Byhalia MS.
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1988
Jack Hewitt wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Rich Vogler and Joe Gaerte at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH
Sleepy Tripp wins the USAC Midget race over Dave Strickland Jr. at the Tucson Raceway Park, Tucson,AZ.
Danny Johnson won the Modified Stock Car race at the Canandaigua Speedway, Canandaigua, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Billy Schinkel won the Sportsman-Modified Stock Car race at the Pann National Speedway, Grantville, PA. Toby Tobias Jr was second followed by Billy Pauch, Mike Nicholas and Smokey Warren.
Scott Haus won the Super Sprint Car race at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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.
Paul Weaver won the Modified Stock Car race at the Delaware International Speedway, Delmar, DE. ( Click here for the race report. )
Tom Baldwin won the Holdren's 150 NASCAR Winston Modified Tour race at the Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Steve Kinser won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the I-55 Raceway , Pevely, MO. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1989
Darrell Waltrip wins the Pannill Sweatshirts 500 over Dale Earnhardt at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
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1994
Tony Stewart wins the USAC Midget race over Billy Boat at the Ventura Raceway, Ventura,CA
Tim Adams won the season opener for the ATQMRA TQ-Midget series at the third mile high-banked asphalt Wall Stadium in Wall Township, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1995
Rusty Wallace wins the Hanes 500 over Ted Musgrave at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
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1997
Jimmy Sills wins the USAC Midget race over Robby Flock at the Bakersfield Speedway, Bakersfield,CA
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2005
Cory Kruseman wins the USAC Midget race at the Ventura Raceway,Ventura, CA
Kurt Busch wins the Subway Fresh 500 over Michael Waltrip at the Phoenix International Raceway , Phoenix , AZ.
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2006
Bryan Clauson wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Darren Hagen and Dave Steele at the Winchester Speedway,Winchester,IN
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