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1951
Walt Geis won the AAA Midget race at the Nashville Speedway, Nashville, TN.
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1953
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Johnnie Parsons at the Delaware State Fairgrounds,Harrington, DE.
Ray Brown won the AAA Midget race at the Freeport Speedway, Freeport,NY.
Keith Andrews won the AAA Midget race at the Monte Vista Speedway, Monte Vista, CO.
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1954
Pat OConnor won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Fort Wayne Speedway, Fort Wayne, IN.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN.
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1957
Rex Easton won the USAC Midget race at the Grand Rapids Speedrome, Grand Rapids,MI.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Nodak Speedway, Minot,ND.
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1958
Gene Hartley won the USAC Midget race at the Quad City Speedway, East Moline,IL.
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1959
Chuck Weyant won the 40 lap USAC Midget race over Tony Bettenhausen at the Champaign-Urbana Speedway, Champaign,IL.
A.J. Shepherd won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Nodak Speedway, Minot,ND.
Bob Veith won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Sacramento Speedway, Sacramento,CA.
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1961
Jerry Richert won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Buzz Barton, John Leverenz, Johnny White and Ralph Donaldson at the LaCrosse Fair Speedway, LaCrosse,WI.
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1962
Jerry Richert won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Scratch Daniels, Harold Leep, Roger Lane and Pete Folse at the LaCrosse Fair Speedway, LaCrosse,WI.
Bob Williams won the Sprint Car race over Junior Hower, Greg Weld, Dick Sutcliffe and Bob Burns at the Riverside Stadium, Kansas City,MO.
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1963
Bob Wente won the USAC Midget race at the Lake Hill Speedway, St. Louis, MO.
Harold Leep won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Jerry Blundy and Gordon Woolley at the Knox County Fairgrounds, Knoxville,IL.
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1964
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits became the first drag racer to run the 1/4 mile at over 200 mph. He drove his Swamprat dragster to 201.34 mph at Island Dragway in New Jersey.
Don Branson won the USAC Midget race at the Champaign Fairgrounds, Champaign,IL.
Russ Klar won the ARDC Midget race at the Danbury Fairgrounds, Danbury, CT.
Don Gillette won the URC Sprint Car race at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington,DE. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bill Wimble won the NASCAR Sportsman Stock Car race at the Fonda Speedway, Fonda, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Dick Tobias won the Modified Stock Car race and Lynn Paxton won the Late Model feature at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Don Stives won the Modified - Sportsman Stock Car race at the Wall Stadium, Wall Township, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Les Farley won the Modified - Sportsman Stock Car race at the Flemington Speedway, Flemington, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bill Mason Jr and Joe Csolak won the Novice Stock Car races at the Flemington Speedway, Flemington, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Gary Wolford won the Stock Car race at the Silver Spring Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bobby Gerhart won the Modified Stock Car race at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Gene Goodling won the Modified Stock Car race at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Ray Tilley won the Modified Stock Car race at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1965
Johnny Rutherford won the 250 mile Atlanta 250 USAC Indy Car race at the 1.5 mile paved oval Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA. Mario Andretti was second followed by Billy Foster, Jim Hurtubise and Chuck Rodee.
J.L. Cooper won the Sprint Car race over Kenny Weld at the Olympic Stadium, Kansas City,MO.
Ray Tilley won the Modified Stock Car race over Mert Stine and Willie Musselman at the Hagerstown Raceway, Hagerstown, MD.
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1969
Todd Gibson won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Berlin Raceway, Grand Rapids,MI. Gary Bettenhausen was second followed by Bill Puterbaugh, Rollie Beale and Dee Jones.
Jerry Wall won the ARDC Midget race at the Freeport Speedway, Freeport,NY.
Ralph Quarterson won the Sprint Car race at the Lernerville Speedway, Sarver,PA.
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1970
Chuck Allen won the CRA Sprint Car race over Billy Wilkerson, Dick Zimmerman, Clark Templeman and Bobby Hogle at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Tommy Dickson won the URC Sprint Car race at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington,DE. Gino Swarthout was second followed by Joe Tetz, Buck Buckley and Walt Bettler.
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1971
Richard Petty became the first NASCAR driver to win over $1 million in a career when he won the Dixie 500 at Atlanta, Georgia. It was also the 551st start in his NASCAR professional career.
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1976
A.J. Foyt won the Texas 150 USAC Stock Car race at the 2 mile paved oval Texas World Speedway, College Station, TX. Sal Tovella was second followed by Larry Moore, Terry Ryan and Bay Darnell.
Richard Petty won the NASCAR Winston Cup Purolator 500 over Buddy Baker at the Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA.
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1982
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup Talladega 500 over Buddy Baker at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.
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1988
Sheldon Kinser... Died ... He was the 1977, 81, 82 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Sprint Car Champion. Winner of the prestigious Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track, 1981. Six time starter of the Indianapolis 500, 1975-79, 81. Best finish, 6th, 1981. Sheldon had never driven a rear engine car or raced on pavement until he quailified 26th and finished 12th in the 1975 Indianapolis 500. Quite an accomplishment for a rookie driver. Son-in-law of the late Bobby Grim, 1959 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. Nephew of former sprint car driver Bobby Kinser and cousin of World of Outlaw drivers Steve, Kelly, Randy and Mark Kinser. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1992.
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1998
Len Duncan... Died ... Len Duncan, of Lansdale, PA, had a racing career spanning seven decades, beginning in 1928 and continuing into the 1980s in TQ midgets! In 1953, 1954 and 1955, when AAA had a working agreement with the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC), he was the AAA Eastern Midget Champion, and during the thirteen years between 1955 and 1967, he won the ARDC title eight times. During World War II, Len had the honor of being assigned as President Truman's driver during one of his visits to England. He drove in the Indianapolis 500 in 1954 and had relief from George Fonder. The pair completed 101 laps and placed 31st. Mario Andretti credits Duncan with having a great influence on his professional life.
Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Winston Cup Brickyard 400 over Mark Martin at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN.
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1999
Tommy Hinnershitz... Died ... Eastern AAA driver from 1932 to 1960. Also known as "The Flying Dutchman", Hinnershitz ran in the Indy 500 three times with a best finish of 9th in 1948. He captured seven Eastern sprint-car championships and posted 103 feature victories during his 30-year racing career. While he first gained success and popularity near his Pennsylvania home, racing at the Reading Fairgrounds and Williams Grove Speedway, he also was very popular with fans and fellow racers in the Corn Belt. From the very start of his career, Hinnershitz preferred driving his own cars as opposed to wheeling machinery owned by others. He was an excellent mechanic and did all the work on his cars, including rebuilds on his Offenhauser engines. During the midget racing boom in the late 1930s, Hinnershitz wheeled an outboard-engine car with great success on the board track at the Nutley (N.J.) Velodrome. He was one of a handful of racers, who won races on dirt, asphalt and boards. He retired from driving in 1960, only hours after his friend and rival, Johnny Thomson, was killed in a race at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Hinnershitz was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in the first class in 1990.
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2004
Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Pennsylvania 500 over Mark Martin at the Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA.
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