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1947
Tony Bettenhausen won the AAA sanctioned George Robson Memorial 100 Mile race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Good Time Park in Goshen, New York. Ted Horn finished second followed by Charles Van Acker, Duke Dinsmore and George Connor.
Tommy Hinnershitz , driving the Hinnershitz #5, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Johnnie Parsons won the 25 lap Chicago Auto Racing Association Midget race over Ted Duncan and Paul Russo at the Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.
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1950
Tom Vardeman won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Escanaba Fairgrounds, Escanaba, MI.
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1951
Art Cross won the AAA Midget race at the Indianapolis Speedrome, Indianapolis,IN.
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1952
Nelson Piquet ... Born ... A Brazilian race driver who was Formula One world champion in 1981, 1983, and 1987. He is one of the few men to win at least three world championships in the history of Formula One (the others being Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna (3 each), Alain Prost (4), Juan Manuel Fangio (5), and Michael Schumacher (7).
Joe James won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Bill Holland won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Sedalias State Fair Speedway, Sedalia, MO.
Jack McGrath won the AAA Midget race on the 1-mile dirt Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Milwaukee, WI.
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1955
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Steele County Speedway,Owatonna, MN.
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1956
Eddie Sachs won the USAC Midget race at the Springfield Speedway, Springfield,IL.
George Fonder won the ARDC Midget race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown,NY.
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1957
Rodger Ward won the USAC sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Jud Larson finished second followed by George Amick, Johnny Boyd and Andy Linden.
Rex Easton won the USAC Midget race at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo,IN.
Bill Randall won the ARDC Midget race at the Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk,MA.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Sedalias State Fair Speedway, Sedalia,MO.
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1958
Tommy Hinnershitz won the USAC Sprint Car race over Johnny Thomson and Dick Linder at the Wabash Valley Fair, Terre Haute,IN. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jackie McLaughlin and Al Tasnadywon the Twin 20's Modified Stock Car races at the Flemington Fairgrounds, Flemington, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Sedalias State Fair Speedway, Sedalia,MO. ( Click here for the race report. )
Frankie Schneider won the Modified Stock Car race at the Wilmington Speedway, Wilmington, DE. ( Click here for the race report. )
Buddy Krebs won the 100-lap Ted Tappet Stock Car race at the Riverside Park Speedway, Agawam, MA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Wayne Alspaugh won the 50-lap AARC Sprint Car race at the Detroit Fairgrounds, Detroit, MI. ( Click here for the race report. )
Junior Hower won the Stock Car race at the Olympic Stadium, Kansas City, MO. ( Click here for the race report. )
Fred Lorenzen won the 150 mile USAC Late Model Stock Car race at the Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee , WI.
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1959
Leroy Warriner won the USAC Midget race at the Sportsdrome Speedway, Jeffersonville,IN.
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1961
Danny Frye won the USAC Midget race at the Tri-City Speedway, Granite City,IL.
Lou Blaney won the Sprint Car race at the Heidelberg Speedway, Pittsburgh,PA. Bobbie Adamson was second followed by Jim Seese, Dick Bailey and Dave Lundy.
Pete Folse won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Jay Woodside and Gordon Woolley at the State Park Speedway, Wausau,WI.
Eddie Sachs won the 200 mile USAC Late Model Stock Car race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1963
Rodger Ward won the USAC sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. A.J. Foyt finished second followed by Don Branson, Roger McCluskey and Johnny Rutherford.
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1968
Roger McCluskey won the USAC sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Larry Dickson finished second followed by George Snider, Billy Vukovich Jr and Jim Malloy.
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1969
Al Unser won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Bobby Unser finished second followed by Lloyd Ruby, Mario Andretti and Billy Vukovich Jr.
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1973
Fred Offenhauser... Died ... He became a toolmaking machinist with Pacific Electric Railway. In 1913, he went to work for Harry A. Miller, a successful manufacturer of carburetors. Offenhauser helped Miller turn a flood of ideas for racing engines into metal. Engines that began to win races. As early as 1922, an eight-cylinder Miller engine won the Indianapolis 500, as Millers would for nine out of the next 12 years. In 1932, he encouraged Harry Miller to build a 255 cubic inch, four-cylinder racing engine. The powerplant outlived Miller's bankruptcy and went on, in various forms, to win the Indianapolis 500 30 times, twice the Miller nameplates and 28 times with Offenhsauser identification. When Miller lost his business in 1933 and Offenhauser took part of the 18 months in back wages he was owed in the form of machinery, patterns and parts, setting up shop just around the corner from the Miller plant in LA and made parts for the Miller 255. In 1934, to meet the demand for a reliable engine for the new sport of midget racing, Offenhauser had Leo Goosen draw up a much smaller version of the 255. Quickly dubbed "The Mighty Midget," that engine came to dominate midget racing until the rules changed in the 1960s. Fred put his stamp on the big 255 and 270 engines in 1935 and Kelly Petillo won the Indy 500 that year with an Offenhauser. After World War II, Fred sold the business to Lou Meyer and Dale Drake who carried on the Offy engine. Fred died on August 17, 1973. In May of the same year, Johnny Rutherford had put a turbo-Offy on the pole at Indy. Gordon Johncock won the race with another Offy. His engines would win three more 500s before the turbo boost rules brought an end to the Offenhauser dynasty.
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1975
Mike Mosley won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Gordon Johncock finished second followed by Tom Sneva, Wally Dallenbach and Steve Krisiloff.
Buddy Baker won the NASCAR Winston Cup Talladega 500 over Richard Petty at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.
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1980
Cale Yarborough won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Neil Bonnett at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1986
Mario Andretti won the Domino's Pizza 500 CART Championship race on the 2.5 Mile Paved Oval Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA. Kevin Cogan was second followed by Pancho Carter, A.J. Foyt and Raul Boesel.
Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Tim Richmond at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1997
Mark Martin won the NASCAR Winston Cup DeVilbiss 400 over Jeff Gordon at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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2000
Chuck Booth ... Died ... USAC driver from the 1960's.
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2003
Ryan Newman won the NASCAR Winston Cup GFS Marketplace 400 over Kevin Harvick at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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