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1885
Bert Dingley... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1900's.
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1909
Leigh Lynch won the 235 mile Wheeler-Schebler Trophy Race on the 2.5 Mile Dirt Oval Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. Ralph DePalma was second followed by Bruce Keen, Harry Stillman, Ray Harroun and Barney Oldfield.
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1913
Fred Agabashian... Born ... Born in Modesto, California, Frederik was the son of a genious mathematician, and just like his sisters, he wanted to become famous. While they became singers, Fred choose to race. The colorful Armenian with the big smile and terrific personality began racing cars while in his teens. He won his first midget championship in 1937 with the Northern California Racing Association against such drivers as Duane Carter, Lynn Deister, and Paul Swedberg. Driving for Jack London, Freddie captured the BCRA crown in 1946, then switched to the George Bignotti racing team in 1947. He was almost unbeatable for the next two years and captured the BCRA title twice more in 1947 and 1948. Agabashian did not limit his driving abilities to midgets. He won in big cars and stock cars as well which earned him a ride at Indianapolis for the 1947 race. He competed at Indy on eleven occasions and is best remembered for his pole winning effort in 1952 in the unique Cummins Diesel. His best finish at Indianapolis came the next year when he placed 4th with relief from Paul Russo. After his retirement, Agabashian did color commentary for the 500 Radio Network. Agabashian was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
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1928
Elmo Langley... Born ... Langley began his racing career racing modified cars in Virginia and Maryland in 1952. Langley came in to NASCAR as a Driver/Owner in 1954. In 1966 in partnered with Henry Woodfield and created Langley-Woodfield Racing. That same year Langley won the only two races of his long career. After the second race of the 1969 season, Langley and Woodfield split and Langley continued to run team on his own returning to the driver/owner role. He finished in the Top-10 in season points from 1967 until his final full season as a driver for Langley Racing in 1975 (except 1974). He continued to drive in a few select races until 1981 when he hung up the helmet for good. Langley shut down his team after the 1987 season.
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1937
Mauri Rose won the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.
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1944
Bruce Walkup... Born ... Walkup raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1967-1971 seasons, with 35 career starts, including the 1969 and 1970 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1969 at Sacramento. Bruce's father, Vince, worked as a mechanic for Bill Vukovich.
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1948
Ted Horn won the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Johnnie Parsons was second followed by Myron Fohr, Rex Mays and Charles Van Acker.
Bill Holland won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Erie County Fairgrounds,Hamburg, NY.
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1949
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway,Mechanicsburg, PA.
Wayne Padgett won the Sprint Car race at the Jungle Park Speedway,Rockville, IN.
Sam Hanks won the AAA Midget race on the 1-mile dirt Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Milwaukee, WI.
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1951
Deb Snyder won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls, SD.
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1952
Don Branson won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Manitowoc Co. Expo Speedway, Manitowoc, WI.
Ray Courtney won the AAA Midget race at the Sportsman's Park, Bedford,OH.
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1953
Bob Slater won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Jackson Speedway, Jackson, MN.
Al Herman won the AAA Midget race at the Sharon Speedway, Hartford,OH.
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1954
Jimmy Davies won the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Chuck Stevenson was second followed by Don Freeland, Bob Sweikert and Jiggs Peters.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Jackson Speedway, Jackson, MN.
Keith Andrews won the AAA Midget race at the Pueblo Speedway, Pueblo,CO.
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1955
Charlie Musselman won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Bedford Speedway, Bedford, PA.
Chuck Weyant won the AAA Midget race at the Terre Haute Action Track,Terre Haute,IN.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Steele County Speedway,Owatonna, MN.
Eddie Sachs won the AAA Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway,Cedar Rapids, IA.
Jack Turner won the AAA Midget race at the Cincinnati Race Bowl,Cincinnati,OH.
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1957
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Fayette County Speedway, West Union,IA.
Jack Turner won the USAC Midget race at the O'Hare Stadium, Chicago,IL.
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1958
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Eldon Raceway, Eldon,IA.
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1959
Parnelli Jones won both of the IMCA Sprint Car feature races at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids,IA.
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1960
Pete Folse won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Bill Hobbs, Buzz Barton, A.J. Shepherd and Al Chamberlain at the Sedalias State Fair Speedway, Sedalia,MO.
Jim Hurtubise won the USAC Sprint Car race over Roger McCluskey, Don Branson, A.J. Foyt and Eddie Sachs at the Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute,IN.
Earl Halaquist won the URC Sprint Car race at the 1 mile paved oval Trenton International Speedway, Trenton,NJ. Joe Kelly was second followed by Dan Daniels, Beau Clerke and George Monsen.
Vern Harriman won the ARDC Midget race at the 1 mile paved oval Trenton International Speedway, Trenton,NJ.
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1961
Jim Hurtubise won the USAC sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. A.J. Foyt was second followed by Dick Rathmann, A.J. Shepherd and Shorty Templeman.
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1962
Colby Scroggin won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Fayette County Fairgrounds, West Union,IA.
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1963
Bobby Hogle won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Bill Eldridge won the ARDC Midget race at the Norwood Arena, Norwood, MA.
Parnelli Jones won the USAC Midget race at the Fairbury Legion Speedway, Fairbury,IL.
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1965
A.J. Foyt won the USAC sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. George Snider was second followed by Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford and Jim McElreath.
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1971
Joe Huff... Died ... AAA driver from the 1930's.
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1977
Johnny Rutherford won the USAC sanctioned Tony Bettenhausen 200 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. Pancho Carter finished second followed by Wally Dallenbach, Tom Bigelow and Rick Mears.
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1983
Gene Force ... Died ... Gene Force raced migets and sprint cars in the 1950's and early 60's. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1951-1952, 1954, 1956, and 1958-1960 seasons with 33 starts, including the 1951 and 1960 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 16 times, with his best career finish in 3rd place occurring on 3 occasions.
Cale Yarborough won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Darrell Waltrip at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1988
Bobby Rahal won the Quaker State 500 CART Championship race on the 2.5 Mile Paved Oval Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA. Al Unser, Jr was second followed by Roberto Guerrero, Derek Daly and Raśl Boesel.
Davey Allison won the NASCAR Winston Cup Champion 400 over Rusty Wallace at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1994
Al Unser, Jr won the Slick 50 200 CART Championship race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire. Paul Tracy was second followed by Emerson Fittipaldi, Raśl Boesel and Michael Andretti.
Geoffrey Bodine won the NASCAR Winston Cup Goodwrench 400 over Mark Martin at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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1995
Chuck Stevenson... Died ...Chuck drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1949-1954, 1960-1961 and 1963-1965 seasons with 54 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1951-1954, 1960-1961, and 1963-1965. He finished in the top ten 37 times, with 4 victories, 2 of them coming in the 1952 season when he won the AAA National Championship. Stevenson also raced in two NASCAR events -- one in 1955 and one in 1956, picking up a win at Willow Springs Raceway in 1955 driving a Ford. The race he entered in to in 1955 was driving a car owned by Indy winner Pete DePaolo.
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2005
Jeremy Mayfield won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup GFS Marketplace 400 over Scott Riggs at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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2007
Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup 3M Performance 400 over Martin Truex Jr. at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.
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