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1919
Clark "Shorty" Templeman ... Born ... Shorty drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1954-1962 seasons with 42 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1955, 1958, and 1960-1962. He finished in the top ten 16 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1961 at both DuQuoin and Syracuse. His best Indy finish was 4th in 1961. He won five Washington State and three Oregon midget state championships. Templeman won all three Night Before the 500 midget car features at the 16th Street Speedway in Indianapolis in 1956. Templeman won the first three USAC National Midget Series champions when he won titles in 1956, 1957, and 1958. Templeman died as a result of injuries sustained in a midget car crash at the Marion County, Ohio Fairgrounds track. He was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1984.
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1933
Rufus Parnell "Parnelli" Jones ... Born ... A retired American racing driver and racecar owner. He is most remembered for his 1963 Indianapolis 500 win, and almost winning the 1967 Indy 500 in a turbine car. He is also remembered for bringing the stock block engine to USAC Sprint car racing as one of the "Chevy Twins" with Jim Hurtubise. In his career, Parnelli Jones won races in many types of vehicles: sports cars, IndyCars, sprint cars, midget cars, off-road vehicles, and stock cars. He is associated with the famous Boss 302 Mustang with his wins using the engine in the 1970s. Jones' son P. J. Jones was also a diverse driver, with IndyCar and NASCAR starts. His other son Page Jones was an up-and-coming driver before suffering career ending (and life-threatening) injuries in a sprint car at the 4-Crown Nationals, and has been in rehabilitation, working with his father-in-law. Jones retired with six IndyCar wins and twelve pole positions, four wins in 34 NASCAR starts , 25 midget car feature wins in occasional races between 1960 and 1967, and 25 career sprint car wins . His fifteen wins is eighth on the all-time in NASCAR Pacific Coast Late Model history. Jones started Velís Parnelli Jones Racing, which won the Indianapolis 500 again as an owner in 1970 and 1971 with driver Al Unser driving the Johnny Lightning special. The team also won the 1971, 1972, and 1973 USAC National Championships. Jones owned the Parnelli Formula One race team from late 1974 to early 1976, although it achieved little success. Jones returned to off-road racing as owner of Walker Evans' 1976 SCORE truck, and Evans won the championship. They teamed up for the 1977 CORE Class 2 championship. Jones owned vehicles that took class wins at the Baja 500 and Baja 1000. His USAC Dirt Car won two championships and the Triple Crown three times. Jones is inducted in over 20 Halls of Fame.
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1950
Mike Nazaruk won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Bedford Speedway, Bedford, PA.
Troy Ruttman won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Ray Whiting won the CRA Sprint Car race at the South Mountain Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
Frankie Luptow won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Fond du Lac Fairgrounds, Fond du Lac, WI.
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1951
Frankie Luptow won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, MO.
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1953
Justin King won the AAA Midget race at the Cincinnati Race Bowl, Cincinnati,OH.
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1955
Jack Turner won the AAA Midget race at the Flat Rock Speedway, Flat Rock,MI.
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1956
Ed Elisian won the Dayton Race USAC Indy Car non-championship race at the half mile paved oval Dayton Speedway, Dayton, OH. Pat O'Connor was second followed by Andy Linden, Eddie Sachs and Earl Motter.
Buddy Powers won the URC Sprint Car race at the Bedford Speedway, Bedford,PA.
Tommy Smith won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, MO. Harry Ross was second followed by Bud Randall, Ray Knepper and Jim Packard.
Charlie Musselman won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Tony Bettenhausen was second followed by Jimmy Bryan, Tommy Hinnershitz and Gene Hartley.
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1958
Bob Wente won the USAC Midget race at the Columbus Motor Speedway, Columbus,OH.
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1961
Earl Halaquist won the URC Sprint Car race at the Bedford Speedway, Bedford,PA. Eddie Gallione was second followed by Dan Daniels, Bobby Courtwright and Ronnie Rough.
Billy Cantrell won the USAC Midget race at the Gardena Stadium, Gardena, CA.
Red Riegel won the ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield, PA.
Arnie Knepper won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Buzz Barton and Pete Folse at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield,MO.
Parnelli Jones won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Milwaukee Mile (1.0p) , West Allis, WI.
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1962
Bill Horstmeyer won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids,IA.
Jim Hurtubise won the USAC Sprint Car race over A.J. Foyt and Parnelli Jones at the Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute,IN.
Bob Harkey won the ARDC Midget race at the Tioga Motorsports Park, Owego, NY.
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1964
Don Meacham won the USAC Midget race at the Peoria Speedway, Peoria,IL.
Hal Minyard won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA. Paul Jones finished second followed by Jimmy Oskie, Phil Bradley and Dick Fries
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1965
Mike McGreevy won the USAC Midget race at the Rockford Speedway, Rockford,IL.
Jerry Richert won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Eldon Raceway, Eldon,IA.
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1966
Johnny Mann won the ARDC Midget race at the Old Bridge Stadium, Old Bridge,NJ.
Ray Tilley won the Super Modified race over Lou Blaney, Irvin King, Bobby Gerhart and Milford Wales at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
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1967
Jimmy Caruthers won the ARDC Midget race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown,NY.
Jim Shampine won the Supermodified race over Nolan Swift at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego,NY.
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1971
Jerry Blundy won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Dick Sutcliffe at the Marathon Park Speedway, Wausau, WI.
Fred Dessaro won the 100-lap All Star League Stock Car race at the Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs ,CT. Gene Bergin was second followed by Hop Herrington, Leo Cleary, Will Cagle and Ernie Gahan.
Ray Lee Goodwin won the Knoxville National Supermodified Preliminary race at the Marion County Fairgrounds Speedway, Knoxville, IA. Earl Wagner was second followed by Hal McGilton, Jan Opperman, Ted Wise and Lonnie Jensen.
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1973
Wally Dallenbach won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Mike Mosley finished second followed by Billy Vukovich, Jim McElreath and Mike Hiss.
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1979
Roger McCluskey won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Tom Bigelow finished second followed by Billy Vukovich, Johnny Parsons and Janet Guthrie.
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1984
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Terry Labonte at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1990
Ricky Rudd won the NASCAR Winston Cup Bud at the Glen over Geoffrey Bodine at the Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY.
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2001
Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Winston Cup Global Crossing at The Glen over Jeff Burton at the Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY.
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2007
Tony Stewart won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Centurion Boats at The Glen over Denny Hamlin at the Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY.
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