Billy Garrett ... Born ... USAC driver 1956 to 1958
Chet Gardner won the 150 mile AAA Pacific Coast Championship race on the 1 mile dirt Oakland Speedway in Oakland, California.
Johnnie Parsons won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 & 1/16 mile dirt Arlington Downs horse track in Dallas, Texas. Even though he was not of legal age, having just turned 19 in March, Troy Ruttman made his AAA Championship debut by using an altered birth certificate.
Tommy Hinnershitz , driving the Hinnershitz #2, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Tim Flock, in the Kiekhaefer Chrysler, led every lap to win the rain shortened NASCAR Grand National race at Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, PA. The race was red flagged after 124 of 150 scheduled laps on the 1 mile circular dirt track.
George Amick won the AAA Midget race at the Taft Stadium, Oklahoma City, OK.
Chris Karamesines ran drag racing's first reported 200 mph speed with a 204.54 mph run at the Alton Dragway in Alton, Illinois.
Lee Petty captured his 50th career NASCAR GN win by having his Plymouth in front when the race at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in Weaverville, North Carolina was halted after 167 of 200 laps, due to deteriorating track conditions. Earlier, the race had been stopped for an hour as track workers swept broken up asphalt into holes in the surface of the 1/2 mile paved oval.
A.J. Foyt won over Don Branson and Eddie Sachs and Jim Hurtubise won over Eddie Sachs and Jiggs Peters in USAC Sprint twin 50's at the one mile dirt Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne PA.
Jimmy Davies drove to victory in the USAC Midget feature at the Kearney Bowl, Fresno,CA
Greg Weld drove to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature over Bobby Unser, Jud Larson, Jerry Richert and Scratch Daniels, on the 1/2 dirt oval at the Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Mike McGreevy drove to victory in the USAC Midget feature at the Kearney Bowl, Fresno,CA
Paul Goldsmith was flagged the winner, but 45 minutes later a scoring re-check gave Jim Paschal the win in the NASCAR GN 'Virginia 500' at Martinsville Speedway. Paschal was driving the Friedkin Plymouth. "Tiger" Tom Pistone roared from 20th starting to 5th in 20 laps. With only 1 caution the whole race, most pit stops came under green. Pistone's rag tag crew cost him time on his first stop, but the little veteran from Chicago resumed his charge. Pistone took his independent Ford past David Pearson on lap 232 and led 42 laps before making his 2nd stop. Pistone lost nearly a lap, but charged back to 2nd before the motor blew in his 2 year old Ford.
Rodger Ward won a rain shortened USAC Championship race on the 1 mile paved Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey. Ward's supercharged Offy powered Lola was in front when the race was halted after 102 of the 150 laps were run. It marked the first win for the new supercharged Offenhauser motor. Mario Andretti jumped into the lead at the start and he and A.J. Foyt swapped the lead in a great battle. Foyt's engine soured and on the 66th lap, he pitted with a clogged fuel line, moving Ward into 2nd. Foyt lost 3 laps in the pits before returning. On lap 88, Andretti had to pit with a flat tire to give Ward the lead. Ward was leading Gordon Johncock by 20 seconds when rain brought out the yellow. Shortly the red and checkered ended the race with Ward scoring his first win since 1963, his first in a rear engined car and 26th of his career. It was also his last, as he retired after the Indy 500 in May.
Fred Lorenzen , one of the most successful Stock Car drivers in history, announced his retirement at a banquet in his honor. Suffering from ulcers, the 33 year old driver said "I want to go out while I'm on top...". The ulcers forced him to miss the North Wilkesboro and Martinsville races. After a brief foray into GN racing in 1956, Lorenzen ran the USAC Stock Car trail, winning the 1958 & '59 USAC titles before moving South. Lorenzen ran his own car in 1960 until his money ran out and he returned home to Elmhurst, Illinois and began working as a carpenter. The Holman-Moody team called Lorenzen and asked him to drive their factory backed Ford on the GN circuit in 1961. For the next 6 years, the Lorenzen/Holman-Moody combination had great success, earning the blonde haired driver the nickname of "The Golden Boy". The list of Lorenzen's accomplishments are truly impressive. In 1963, his earnings of $122,587 marked the first time in NASCAR history a driver had earned $100,000 in a season. He won 26 GN races in his career and at the time of his retirement held the marks for career money earned ($375,000), most wins in races of 250 miles or longer (21), most superspeedway wins (12), consecutive wins in "major" races (5) and was the only driver to have won races at all the existing superspeedways (Atlanta, Charlotte, Darlington, Daytona and Rockingham). Lorenzen stayed on with Ford as a consultant and race strategist before making a couple of short lived comeback attempts in the early 70's.
Hermie Sadler... Born ... NASCAR driver. His brother Elliott Sadler is also a NASCAR driver.
Dick Tobias drove to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature over Larry Cannon, Rollie Beale, Gary Bettenhausen and Karl Busson, on the 1/2 dirt oval at the Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Mitch Smith, in the Gary Wasson # 5, won the Super Sprint Car feature over Bobbie Adamson, Lee Osborne, Gene Kohr and Jim Sheaffer, at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA
Ed Zirkle won the Super Sprint Car feature over Gus Linder, Johnny Grum, Ronnie Rough and Smokey Snellbaker, at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Lynn Paxton won the Super Sprint Car feature over Tom Spriggle, Milt Miller, Kramer Williamson and Pete Swarmer, at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal,PA
Leroy Felty won the URC Super Sprint Car feature over Stan Ploski, Joe Tetz, Hank Rogers Jr and Walt Bettler, at the Flemington Fair Speedway, Flemington,NJ
Lou Blaney won the Super Sprint Car feature over Jim Linder, Ralph Quarterson and Jim Meeker, at the Wayne County Speedway, Orrville, OH
Johnny Parsons drove to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature over Sheldon Kinser, Rich Vogler, Larry Rice and Eddie Leavitt, at the Champaign Fairgrounds, Champaign,IL.
Cale Yarborough wins the Virginia 500 over Benny Parsons at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
Jack Hewitt drove to victory in the Don Branson/Jud Larson Memorial USAC Sprint Car feature, over Sheldon Kinser, Rich Vogler, Roger Rager and Gary Grissom at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,OH
Darrell Waltrip wins the Virginia National Bank 500 over Harry Gant at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
Larry Rice drove to victory in the USAC Midget feature over Joe Corrigan, John Andretti, Russ Gamester and Rich Vogler, at the Twin Cities Speedway, North Vernon, IN. ( Click here for the race report. )
Robbie Stanley drove to victory in the Rich Vogler Classic USAC Sprint Car feature, over Jim Mahoney, Doug Kalitta, Mike Bliss and Mark Alderson at the Winchester Speedway in Winchester,IN and Mike Bliss won the USAC Midget feature over Andy Michner, Ted Hines and Don Schilling.
Rusty Wallace wins the Hanes 500 over Ernie Irvan at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
Billy Boat drove to victory in the USAC Midget feature and Ron Wade won the USAC TQ Midget feature at the Ventura Raceway, Ventura,CA
Brian Tyler drove to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature at the New Lakeside Speedway , Kansas City, KS
Wally Pankratz drove to victory in the USAC Midget feature at the Tucson Raceway Park,Tucson, AZ
J.J. Yeley drove to victory in the USAC Midget feature at the Raceway Powercom Park,Beaver Dam, WI