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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup Talladega 500 over Buddy Baker at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.
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.
George Stockinger... Died ...George was well known around New Jersey auto racing for many years, especially through his highly successful promotion of the indoor ATQMRA TQ-Midget racing series each winter at the Atlantic City Convention Hall. Along with promoting the Atlantic City indoor series from the mid-1960s well into the 1980s, Stockinger also owned and operated the half-mile paved Pleasantville Speedway near Atlantic City, a track which held stock car races for many years. Later, Ken Butler was the promoter of racing at that facility. George was also a model train collector and enthusiast, and was the founder and former owner of The Train Station model train shop in Absecon, NJ. He even had a real steam locomotive in the parking lot across the street from his train shop. For many years, The Train Station was a sponsor on the Dick Barney No. 14 modified driven by George's friend Tony Siscone.
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.
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.
Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Pennsylvania 500 over Mark Martin at the Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA.