Russ Klar ... Born ... He was a race driver in the Northeast. He drove midgets , sprint cars and 'big cars' in the 1940s and '50s and late in his career modifieds (stock cars).
Jimmy Murphy drove his Miller to victory in the 'Raisin Day Classic' 150 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 mile board Fresno Speedway in Fresno, California. Murphy averaged 102.85 mph.
Bob Bondurant... Born ... An American former sports car driver who also raced for the Ferrari and Eagle teams in Formula One. He later started the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.
Duke Dinsmore won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN.
Hank Rogers , driving the Fetzer #36, won the 25-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, PA.
Herb Thomas was leading when darkness forced the NASCAR Grand National race at Central City Speedway in Macon, Georgia to be flagged after 198 of 300 scheduled laps. Jack Smith won the pole and led the first 186 laps on the muddy track before his Studebaker broke a wheel. Fonty Flock, still recovering from his dislocated shoulder, finished only a few lengths back in 2nd. Heavy rains forced a 3 hour delay. After the 1/2 mile dirt track was worked on, the 28 drivers voted on whether to start or not. The vote was 15 to 13 in favor of racing.
Bob Slater won the AAA Midget race at the Tulsa Fairgrounds, Tulsa,OK
Jim Reed from Peekskill, New York won a rainy NASCAR GN race on the 1/2 mile paved Old Bridge Stadium oval in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Reed won the pole and led all 187 laps in his Ford when officials red flagged the race. It had begun raining on lap 85, but the race continued. West Coast star Eddie Pagan finished 2nd, Rex White 3rd and New Jersey's Frankie Schneider 4th.
Mel Kenyon won the USAC Midget race over Bob Tattersall at the Asheville Motor Speedway, Asheville,NC
Cy Fairchild drove to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature over Gary Bettenhausen, Larry Dickson, Jim Malloy and Todd Gibson, at the New Bremen Speedway , New Bremen,OH
George Weaver won the Super Sprint Car feature over Ralph Quarterson, Hal Browning, Irvin King and John Ebersole, at the Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown,MD
Billy Hughes won the URC Sprint Car feature over Tom Price, Joe Kelly, Earl Halaquist and Dick Mealy, at the East Windsor Speedway, Hightstown,NJ
Frank Gorichky won the Super Sprint Car feature over Lynn Paxton, Mitch Smith, Tom Spriggle and Ray Tilley, at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg,PA
Richard Petty drove past Darrell Waltrip with 21 laps to go, going on to win the NASCAR GN 'Virginia 500' at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Petty's Dodge finished 6 seconds ahead of Waltrip's Chevy.
Sam Sessions drove to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature over Larry Dickson, Billy Engelhart, Joe Saldana and Sheldon Kinser, at the Salem Speedway, Salem,IN
Harry Benjamin won the URC Sprint Car feature over Paul Barnes, Wayne Reutimann, Buck Buckley and Bing Metz, at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown,NY
Jimmy Boyd won the KARS Super Sprint Car feature over Paul Pitzer, Lynn Paxton, Kramer Williamson and Bobby Brooks, at the East Windsor Speedway, Hightstown,NJ
Darrell Waltrip came back from a penalty to win the NASCAR GN 'Virginia 500' at Martinsville Speedway, as a new tire rule wreaked havoc. In an effort to cut costs, NASCAR imposed a 2 lap penalty for tire changes under caution. Leader Waltrip pitted before the green fell at the end of the day's 3rd caution, incurring a 2 lap penalty. The rule stated cars must take the green before pitting. "I just messed up" said Waltrip. Buddy Baker fell from contention after his right front tire went flat during a red for rain. When the race resumed under caution, Baker pitted and received a 2 lap penalty. On lap 342, Bobby Allison's efforts to stretch his tires ended when he blew a tire and hit the wall.
Sleepy Tripp won the USAC Midget race over Steve Lotshaw at the Indianapolis Speedrome, Indianapolis,IN
Wally Pankratz won the USAC Midget race over Sleepy Tripp at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA
Doug Wolfgang, in the Bob Weikert # 29, won the Super Sprint Car feature over Steve Smith, Bobby Allen, Chris Eash and Maynard Yingst, at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA
Drew Fornoro won the Non-Sanctioned Midget feature over Bob Cicconi, Gary Bettenhausen, Mike Favulli, Paul Stoehr and Jack Bertling, at the Pocono Raceway (3/4 mile track), Long Pond,PA
Ricky Rudd wins the Sovran Bank 500 over Joe Ruttman at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
Sleepy Tripp won the USAC Midget race over P.J. Jones and John Heydenreich at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA
Danny Smith won the USAC Sprint Car feature over Kevin Briscoe, Jack Hewitt, Robbie Stanley and Donnie Beechler also Steve Knepper won the USAC Midget race over Tony Elliott at the Tri-City Speedway ,Granite City, IL
Steve Kinser won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature over Sammy Swindell, Dave Blaney, Doug Wolfgang and Mark Kinser, at the Knoxville Raceway ,Knoxville, IA
Frankie Kerr won the Super Sprint Car feature over Fred Rahmer, Todd Shaffer, Glenn Fitzcharles and Len Krautheim, at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA
Russ Wood won the ISMA Super Modified feature over Bentley Warren at the Flemington Fair Speedway (1/2p),Flemington, NJ
Jimmy Sills won the USAC Western States Midget race over Robby Flock, Lealand McSpadden and Sleepy Tripp at the Ventura Raceway,Ventura, CA
Todd Shaffer won the Super Sprint Car feature over Lance Dewease at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal,PA
Dale Blaney won the All Star Sprint Car feature over Kenny Jacobs at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH
Mark Kinser won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature over Steve Kinser, Dave Blaney, Sammy Swindell and Danny Lasoski, at the Knoxville Raceway ,Knoxville, IA
Jesse Wentz won the Super Sprint Car feature over Bobby Fletcher, Keith Kauffman, Bill Brian Jr and Dave Haight, at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
J.J. Yeley won the USAC Sprint Car feature over Dickie Gaines, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott and Dave Darland, at the Attica Raceway Park, Attica,OH
Kurt Busch wins the Auto Club 500 over Bobby Labonte at the Fontana Auto Club Speedway , Fontana, CA.