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1915
Bob Burman won a match race at Ascot in California driving a Peugeot powered by a Harry Miller built engine. This was the first race win for a Miller built engine.
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1924
Bob Christie ... Born ... Christie raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1956-1963 seasons, with 15 career starts, including every Indianapolis 500 race in that span. He finished in the top ten 5 times, with his best finish in 3rd position in 1959 at Daytona.
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1928
Bud Tingelstad... Born ... USAC driver from 1957 to 1972 in the Midget, Sprint, Stock Car and Championship Car series. In the Championship Cars he raced in the 1960-1971 seasons with 120 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in each year except 1961 and 1970. He finished in the top ten 56 times, with his one victory in 1966 at DuQuoin.
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1933
William Clifton France, "Bill Jr."... Born ... After serving as vice-president for six years, he became the head of NASCAR when his father Bill France, Sr. retired on January 10, 1972. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame describes the transition: "Other than the founding of NASCAR itself, Bill Jr.'s appointment to leadership is probably the most significant event in the history of the sanctioning body." NASCAR went from a Southern regional sport to a national sport during his tenure.
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1948
Ted Horn , driving the Ted Horn #1, won the 25-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, PA.
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1949
John Force ... Born ... 14 time NHRA Funny Car Champion.
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1954
Dick Rathmann, despite blowing a tire with 2 laps to go, won the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 5/8 mile dirt North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Rathmann's Hudson Hornet crossed the line on the rim, 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Herb Thomas.
Johnny Thomson , driving the Traylor #9, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
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1957
Chet Fillip... Born ... A former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1982-1985 seasons, with 9[1] career starts, and started in the Indianapolis 500 in 1982 and 1983. His best CART finish was in 10th position in 1985 at Milwaukee. At the end of the 1985 season, he switched to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, where he continued racing through 1987, making 24 starts with a best finish of 15th. After NASCAR, Fillip raced several years in USAC sprint car, with 8 victories and also winning the prestigious Little 500 in 1999. The year 2006 saw the formation of a new racing series, the Premier Racing Association (PRA) utilizing the former pavement racing cars of the USAC Silver Crown Series which had switched to a different type of car more suitable for faster, larger tracks a mile or more in length. Chet Fillip won the first championship of this series driving a car of his own design and manufacture. Though he won no races he finished no lower than 6th in any event while always running near the front. After at least 28 years driving everything from sports cars to Indy cars to stock cars, he won his first series championship.
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1958
Christian Danner... Born ... A Formula One racer from 1985 to 1989 who also raced on the road courses in the CART series from 1992 to 1997.
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1959
George Amick... Died ... AAA / USAC driver 1954 to 1959. He was killed in a crash in a USAC 100-mile Indy car race at Daytona International Speedway.
Jim Rathmann won the 100 mile USAC Championship race at Daytona International Speedway, averaging 170.261 mph. As Rathmann took the checkered, George Amick died in a crash on the backstretch, possibly from the nose of the car lifting off the track. USAC immediately cancelled a 300 mile race scheduled for July 4th due to safety concerns. Amick was the fastest qualifier with a speed of 176.887, a speed not exceeded by an Indy Car for another nine years. ( Click here for the race report. )
Buddy Baker made his first NASCAR GN start in a 100 mile race on the 1/2 mile dirt Columbia Speedway in Columbia, South Carolina. The race was won by Jack Smith, driving the Bud Moore Chevrolet, who edged rookie Ned Jarrett. Baker finished 14th after shock problems.
Joe Lacy won the TQ Midget race over his brother Jim at the Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, RI. ( Click here for the race report. )
Pete Folse won the Modified race at the Lake Region Raceway, Winter Haven, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1965
Jud Larson won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, Reading, PA. Don Branson finished second followed by Jerry Richert, Jerry Weld and Jim McCune.
Mitch Smith won the Super Modified race at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA.
Hal Minyard won the CRA Sprint Car race over Dick Fries, Don Thomas, Bruce Walkup and Jimmy Miller at the West Capital Raceway, Sacramento,CA.
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1966
Jimmy Daywalt ... Died ... Jimmy drove AAA sprint cars and in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1950, 1953-1957, 1959, and 1961-1962 seasons with 20 starts. He finished in the top ten 3 times. His best finish was in the 1953 Indianapolis 500, where he finished 6th and was named Rookie of the Year.
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1970
Dan Gurney won the USAC Championship 'Golden Gate 150' at Sears Point International Raceway in Sears Point, California. Gurney took the lead from Mario Andretti on lap 3 and was never headed though John Cannon was rapidly running Gurney down until a bizarre incident during a yellow flag. The field was slowed so much by the pace car that the stock block engine in Cannon's car stalled going up one of the hills. Cannon alertly let the car roll back down the hill in an effort to use momentum to refire the engine, but it was to no avail. Andretti finished a second behind Gurney's Eagle. Gurney's 7th Indy Car win would also be the final one of his career.
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1971
A.J. Foyt dueled Richard Petty for many laps before taking the lead with 13 laps to go and driving to victory in the NASCAR GN 'Atlanta 500' at Atlanta International Raceway. Foyt, in the Wood Brothers Mercury, finished 1.8 seconds ahead of Petty's Plymouth. ( Click here for the race results. )
Gary Bettenhausen won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH. Larry Dickson finished second followed by Karl Busson, Don Nordhorn and Larry Cannon. ( Click here for the race report. )
Dick Gaines won the Sprint Car race at the Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington,IN. ( Click here for the race report. )
Smokey Snellbaker won the Super Sprint Car race at the Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown,MD. Milt Miller was second followed by Irvin King, Johnny Grum and Elmer Ruby.
Billy Cassella won the Sprint Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds, Reading,PA. Kenny Weld was second followed by Gene Kohr, Hal Browning and Bobbie Adamson. ( Click here for the race report. )
Mitch Smith won the Super Sprint Car race at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA. Sonny Duncan was second followed by Lynn Paxton, Lee Osborne and Leroy Felty.
Dutch Hoag won the 50-lap Sportsman race and Nolan Swift won the 50-lap Super Modified race at the Lancaster Speedway, Lancaster, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bobby Santos won the 50-lap open competition race at the New Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1976
Cale Yarborough wins the Gwyn Staley 400 over Richard Petty at the North Wilkesboro Speedway , North Wilkesboro, NC.
Jeff Bloom won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway, Salem, IN. Marvin Carman was second followed by Larry Dickson, Rollie Beale and Pancho Carter. ( Click here for the race report. )
Rags Carter won the Modified Stock Car race and Mike Geiser won the Sportsman Stock Car race at the Nazareth Speedway , Nazareth, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Armond Holley won the NEMA Midget race, Ed Flemke won the Small Block Modified race and Don MacLaren won the NESMRA Supermodified race at the Thompson International Speedway's "Icebreaker Triple Header" , Thompson, CT. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1980
Scott Tobias won the Super Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway , Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Randy Wolfe won the Super Sprint Car race at the Selinsgrove Speedway , Selinsgrove, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1981
Keith Kauffman won the Super Sprint Car race at the Port Royal Speedway , Port Royal, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Barry Camp won the Super Sprint Car race at the Selinsgrove Speedway , Selinsgrove, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Tim Leiphart won the Super Sportsman race at the Silver Springs Speedway , Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Nick Schlauch won the Modified Stock Car race at the Nazareth Raceway , Nazareth, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bobby Allen won the Super Sprint Car race at the Lincoln Speedway , Abbottstown, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Dickie Keiper won the Sportsman Stock Car race at the Nazareth Raceway , Nazareth, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1982
Dale Earnhardt held off Cale Yarborough to win the NASCAR GN 'CRC Rebel 500' at Darlington Raceway by half a car length. Earnhardt, driving Bud Moore's Ford, ended a 39 race winless streak. Benny Parsons drove to 4th amid rumors he would soon be out at Ranier Racing and Tim Richmond, making his first start for J.D. Stacy, dropped a position when he forgot to complete his last lap (nearly a lap down, he saw the starter wave the checkered for the leaders).
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1993
Mario Andretti achieved his last CART victory with a win at Phoenix International Raceway.
Rusty Wallace wins the Food City 500 over Dale Earnhardt at the Bristol Motor Speedway , Bristol, TN.
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2000
John W. Rollins... Died ... One of the founders of Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, died at age 83.
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2004
Elliott Sadler wins the Samsung/RadioShack 500 over Kasey Kahne at the Texas Motor Speedway , Fort Worth, TX.
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