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1905
Barney Oldfield won the AAA sanctioned Buffalo Race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Kenilworth Park, Buffalo, New York.
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1909
Bob Burman won the 250 mile Prestolite Trophy Race to become the winner of the first race to ever be run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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1926
Johnny Boyd ... Born ... Boyd drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series from 1954 to 1966 with 56 starts. He finished in the top ten 31 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1959 at Milwaukee. Boyd qualified for the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 1955 but finished 29th after being involved in an accident that killed driver Bill Vukovich. In a dozen starts, his best race was in 1958, when he led 18 laps and finished 3rd. In total, he finished in the Top 10 at the 500 five times. After 1949 Boyd had become close friends with Bob Sweikert of Hayward, California when he met him on the California racing circuit. The two often raced together, and Boyd qualified for entry in the 1955 Indianapolis 500 when Sweikert helped him overcome mechanical handling problems in Boyd's car. Sweikert won the race that day, but was overshadowed by the death of Vukovich. Boyd also raced against Sweikert in 1956 at Indy, but Sweikert was killed several weeks later in a Sprint car race. Boyd retired as a driver after failing to qualify for the Indy 500 and Milwaukee race in 1967. He died of cancer at age 77 in his hometown of Fresno.
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1928
Louis Meyer won the AAA sanctioned Altoona Race on the 1.25 Mile Board Oval Altoona Speedway, Tyrone, Pennsylvania.
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1950
Paul Russo won the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Lee Wallard finished second followed by Mack Hellings, Cliff Griffith and Andy Linden.
Bobby Ball won the 60 lap AAA Midget race at the Orange Show Speedway (1/4d) , San Bernadino, CA.
Ed Terry won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY.
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1951
Johnnie Parsons won the AAA Sprint Car race over Mike Nazaruk at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Frank Armi won the 100 lap AAA Midget race at the Milwaukee Mile (1.0d) , West Allis, WI.
Deb Snyder won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Davenport Speedway, Davenport, IA.
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1954
Potsy Goacher won the AAA Midget race at the Grand Rapids Speedway , Grand Rapids, MI.
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1955
Jack Turner won the AAA Midget race at the Springfield Speedway , Springfield, IL.
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1956
Eddie Sachs won the USAC Sprint Car race at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen, OH. Jim McWithey finished second followed by Pat O'Connor and Bob Veith.
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1961
Frankie Schneider won the Modified Stock Car race at the Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown,NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Budd Olsen won the Modified Stock Car race at the Flemington Fairgrounds, Flemington, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bill Wimble won the Stock Car race at the Fonda Speedway, Fonda, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Joe Kelly won the Sportsman-Modified Stock Car race at the Wall Stadium, Belmar, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Billy Cantrell won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park, Los Angeles, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jim Hendrickson won the Modified-Sportsman Stock Car race at the Islip Speedway, Islip Long Island, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bill Slater won the Modified-Sportsman Stock Car race at the Norwood Arena, Norwood, MA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Nolan Swift won the Stock Car race and a fatal accident claimed the life of driver Red Sequin at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1962
Jim Hurtubise won the USAC sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Parnelli Jones finished second followed by Don Branson, Bobby Marshman and Jim McElreath.
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1964
Tommy Copp won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the O'Hare Field in Chicago, IL.
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1967
A.J. Foyt won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen Memorial race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Mario Andretti finished second followed by Bud Tingelstad, Norm Brown and Jim Hurtubise.
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1975
Mark Donohue... Died ... Known for his ability to set up his own race car and drive it consistently on the absolute limit. Donohue is probably best-known as the driver of the 1500+ bhp "Can-Am Killer" Porsche 917-30, and as winner of the 1972 Indianapolis 500. Ran USAC INDY cars from 1968 to 1973. Died of injuries from a crash in Austrian GP practice.
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1979
Rick Mears won the CART sanctioned Ditzler 150 race on the 1.5 Mile Paved Oval Trenton International Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey. Bobby Unser finished second followed by Tom Sneva, Wally Dallenbach and Johnny Rutherford. It was the last Indycar race ever run at the track.
Richard Petty won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Buddy Baker at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1984
Danny Sullivan won the CART Indy Car Domino's Pizza 500 on the 2.5 Mile Paved Oval Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, PA. Rick Mears was second followed by Bobby Rahal, Tom Sneva and Danny Ongais.
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1990
Mark Martin won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Greg Sacks at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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2001
Sterling Marlin won the NASCAR Winston Cup Pepsi 400 presented by Meijer over Ricky Craven at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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