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1912
Bob Swanson ... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's
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1915
Earl Cooper won the AAA sanctioned Chicago Auto Club Trophy Race over Gil Anderson and Barney Oldfield on the 8.384 Mile Elgin Road Race Course, Elgin, Illinois.
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1938
Tony Willman won the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.
Billy Winn ... Died ... An American racecar driver. Primarily a sprint car driver, Winn competed in four Indianapolis 500 races (1931, 1932, 1936, and 1937) and drove as a relief driver in 1933, 1934, 1935, and 1938. He also drove his single-gear sprint car in the 1936 and 1937 Vanderbilt Cup races, running near the front of both races but being sidelined by mechanical failure both years. Died as a result of a crash in the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 in Springfield, Illinois.
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1939
Bob Hurt... Born ... USAC driver from the 1960's.
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1949
Mel Hansen won the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Rex Mays finished second followed by Johnnie Parsons, Bill Holland and Lee Wallard.
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY.
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1950
Mark Light won the AAA Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY.
Tony Bettenhausen won the 100 lap AAA Midget race at the Milwaukee Mile (1.0d) , West Allis, WI.
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1952
Deb Snyder won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Fergus Falls Fairgrounds, Fergus Falls, MN.
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1953
Dick Ferguson won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway, Manitowoc, WI.
Leroy Warriner won the AAA Midget race at the Indianapolis Speedrome, Indianapolis,IN.
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1954
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Jackson Speedway, Jackson, MN.
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1955
Jimmy Bryan won the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Bob Sweikert finished second followed by Andy Linden, George Amick and Jiggs Peters.
Buddy Powers won the URC Sprint Car race at the Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY. Charlie Miller was second followed by Lou Johnson, Buss Olsen and Bobby Courtwright.
Jim DiMarco won the ARDC Midget race at the Islip Speedway, Islip,NY.
Chuck Rodee won the AAA Midget race at the Toledo Speedway, Toledo,OH.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Sedalias State Fair Speedway, Sedalia, MO.
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1957
Jerry Kemp won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Red River Valley Speedway, Fargo,ND.
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1959
Pete Folse won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the State Park Speedway, Wausau,WI.
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1960
Jim Packard won the USAC sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Eddie Sachs finished second followed by Elmer George, Lloyd Ruby and Wayne Weiler.
Hal Rettberg won the URC Sprint Car race at the Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY. Vern Harriman was second followed by Bill Holland, Earl Halaquist and Eddie Gallione.
Leroy Neumayer won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids,IA.
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1961
Lloyd Ruby won the USAC sanctioned Milwaukee 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Len Sutton finished second followed by A.J. Foyt, Dick Rathmann and Eddie Sachs. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jim McElreath won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Sedalia State Fairgrounds, Sedalia,MO. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bob Tattersall won the USAC Midget race over Chuck Marshall and Bob Wente at the Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, IN.
Bert Brooks won the ARDC Midget race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Lou Blaney won the Sprint Car race at the Tri-City Speedway, Franklin,PA.
Harold Smith won the MARC New Car race at the Dayton Speedway, Dayton, OH. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1962
Rodger Ward won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. A.J. Foyt finished second followed by Bobby Marshman, Eddie Sachs and Jim McElreath.
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1964
Scratch Daniels won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Jerry Richert, Don Brown, Ted Ready and Jerry Weld at the State Park Speedway, Wausau,WI.
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1965
Bob Tattersal and Chuck Rodee won the 50-lap USAC Midget races at the Springfield Speedway in Springfield, IL.
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1966
Don Branson won the USAC sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Mario Andretti finished second followed by A.J. Foyt, Joe Leonard and Bobby Unser.
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1967
Mario Andretti won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Al Unser finished second followed by Roger McCluskey, Gordon Johncock and Joe Leonard.
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1978
Danny Ongais won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Rick Mears finished second followed by Gordon Johncock, A.J. Foyt and Al Unser.
David Pearson won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Cale Yarborough at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1989
Danny Sullivan won the Pocono 500 CART Championship race on the 2.5 Mile Paved Oval Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA. Rick Mears was second followed by Michael Andretti, Teo Fabi and Mario Andretti.
Rusty Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Morgan Shepherd at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1995
Bobby Labonte won the NASCAR Winston Cup Goodwrench 400 over Terry Labonte at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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2000
Rusty Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer over Ricky Rudd at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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2006
Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup GFS Marketplace 400 over Jeff Gordon at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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2009
Jonathan Byrd ... Died ... Longtime IndyCar Team Owner. Byrd campaigned late model stock cars in the early 80’s and once sponsored NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip, but turned to USAC Midgets in 1985. He teamed with the late, great Rich Vogler from 1985 to 1990. The pairing qualified for 5 Indianapolis 500’s, with a top finish of 8th in 1989. The Byrd / Vogler combination scored two USAC National Midget Championships and five ESPN television championships. From 1991 to 2001, entered and qualified for the Indy 500 with drivers such as Stan Fox, Gordon Johncock, Buddy Lazier, Scott Brayton, John Andretti and Davy Jones, Arie Luyendyk, Mike Groff, and Jaques Lazier. In 1994, he teamed with the legendary A.J. Foyt, and allowed John Andretti to become the first, and one of only three drivers to compete in both the Indy 500 and Charlotte 600 on the same day. Andretti would later qualify the Jonathan Byrd entry in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s inaugural Brickyard 400. In 1996 he formed the Indy Racing team with driver, Arie Luyendyk. The team scored a pole position and race victory at Phoenix International Raceway, and set the all-time qualifying speed records at both Phoenix International Raceway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His cars placed fourth in the Indy car points championship in 1997, and captured a race victory with driver John Paul, Jr. in the 1998 Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He had sixteen cars compete in the Indianapolis 500, garnering seven top-ten finishes. Byrd may be best known for his Greenwood cafeteria in Greenwood Indiana, which is the largest cafeteria and banquet facility in the world. Byrd also owned a book company that is the largest dealer, importer, and restorer of ancient bibles and theology books.
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