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1923
Edgar Elder... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1950's.
Chuck Weyant... Born ... AAA / USAC driver from the 1940's to the early 1970's.
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1926
Alfred "Speedy" Thompson... Born ... A NASCAR pioneer and driver in the Grand National (now Cup ) series from 1950 to 1971, capturing 20 wins along the way.
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1949
Johnny Mantz won the Pacific Coast AAA Sprint Car race at the Carrell Speedway, Gardena, CA.
Tommy Hinnershitz , driving the Hinnershitz #2, won the 25-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, PA.
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1955
Bob Sweikert won the 30 lap AAA Sprint Car race at the Dayton Speedway, Dayton, OH.
Tommy Hinnershitz , driving the Hinnershitz #2, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, PA.
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1959
Fermin Velez... Born ... He was a two-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring. He was also a driver in the Indy Racing League, racing in the 1996-1997 seasons with 6 career starts, including 2 at the Indianapolis 500.
Buz Barton won the Modified race and Buzzy Reutimann won the Sportsman race at the Orlando Speedway, Orlando, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1960
John Rostek drove a Ford to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National 'Copper Cup Championship' race on the Arizona State Fairgrounds one mile dirt oval.
Carroll Shelby drove a Bird Cage Maserati to victory in the 200 mile 'Herald-Examiner Grand Prix' Sports Car race on the 3.2 mile Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California.
Tommy Copp won the BCRA Midget race at the Capitol Speedway, Sacramento, CA. David Moses, who had won the USAC Midget race the previous night at the Ascot Stadium, was killed in an accident during qualifying.( Click here for the race report. )
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1966
John de Vries... Born ... A former driver in the Indy Racing League and Australian Formula Holden. He raced in the 2002 IRL season where he began the season with Brayton Racing where he competed in the first three races, arrived but withdrew from the Nazareth Speedway race, and failed to qualify for the Indy 500. He returned after the Indy 500 to compete in the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and logged his best career IRL finish, an 11th place, for PDM Racing in what would be his final IRL race. He did 2 seasons of Formula Holden in 1999 and 2000. Born in Australia, John moved to the USA and started a restaurant in San Fransico, California.
David Pearson drove a Cotton Owens prepared Dodge to victory in the NASCAR Hickory 250 at Hickory Speedway in North Carolina.
Arnie Knepper won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH. Roger McCluskey finished second followed by Jud Larson, Bobby Unser and Don Branson.
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1971
George Snider won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Corona Raceway, Corona, CA. Billy Vukovich finished second followed by Danny Caruthers, Gary Bettenhausen and Rick Goudy.
Johnny Botz won the Modified Stock Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds , Reading, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Mitch Smith and Lee Osborne won the Super Sprint Car races at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1976
Wayne Reutimann won the Late Model Stock Car race and Frank Riddle won the Sprint Car race at the Golden Gate Speedway , Tampa, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Billy Shuman won the Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway , Phoenix, AZ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Johnny Grum won the Super Sprint Car race at the Port Royal Speedway , Port Royal, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Steve Smith won the Super Sprint Car race at the Lincoln Speedway , Abbottstown, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Mitch Smith won the Super Sprint Car race at the Selinsgrove Speedway , Selinsgrove, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1977
Mario Andretti took his Lotus from second on the grid to the winner's circle at the Long Beach Calif. GP in a time of 1:51:35. Right on his gearbox, .773 of second behind was Niki Lauda in the Ferrari and Jody Scheckter in his Wolf 4.1 seconds later. He had a fine driver from 12th on the grid. Lauda also sat on pole for that race and turned in the fastest lap of the event. A couple of "firsts" here: The first victory by an American in a US Grand Prix and the first victory for the Lotus 78 "wing car".
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR GN 'Rebel 500' at Darlington Raceway. With 7 laps to go, Bobby Allison, in relief of brother Donnie, passed David Pearson for the lead with Richard Petty 3rd and Waltrip 4th. At that moment, Dick Brooks spun & pinched J.D. McDuffie against the wall. Allison ran over debris, cutting both right side tires. Pearson lifted, Petty carefully picked his way through and Waltrip stormed by all 3 and charged back to the yellow. The race ended under caution. It was Waltrip's 4th career win, but first on a superspeedway.
Tom Bigelow won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN. Pancho Carter finished second followed by Sheldon Kinser, George Snider and Billy Cassella.
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1988
Ronnie Tobias won the Sportsman-Modified race when his brother Rich who took the checkered flag was found to be 30 pounds underweight at the Penn National Speedway , Grantville, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1993
Buddy Baker , legendary NASCAR stockcar driver, retired from racing.
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2005
Walter H. "Curly" Boyd... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from the 1950's and 60's.
Kevin Harvick wins the Food City 500 over Elliott Sadler at the Bristol Motor Speedway , Bristol, TN.
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