Bobby Ball... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1950's. On January 4, 1953, he was involved in an accident at Carrell Speedway, Gardena Calif., which left him with terrible head injuries. He remained in a coma and died 14 months later.
Johnny Parsons... Born ... Parsons is the son of Arza and 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons. His parents divorced, and Johnny was raised with half-brothers Dana and Pancho Carter, the product of Arza'a marriage with Duane Carter. The Carter's grew up racing quarter-midgets in Indianapolis. Parsons started twelve Indianapolis 500 races. His last Indy 500 start was the 1996 Indianapolis 500. His best finish was fifth in 1977 and 1985. Parsons finished second in the 1977 USAC National points. Parsons has also twice finished second in the USAC championship dirt cars. Parson won 29 midget car features (as of 1994), including major wins at: the 4-Crown Nationals midget car feature twice, the 1979 Hut Hundred, and the 1986 Copper Classic midget feature. He has won two Silver Crown and five sprint car features. When Davey Hamilton decided to come out of retirement to run in the 2007 Indy 500, Parsons replaced him as the driver expert for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network's broadcasts of race activities. Parsons was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1994.
Swede Savage... Born ... Savage started racing 1/4 midgets then motorcycles and karts. He then graduated to NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-A and finally into Indy cars where he tragically lost his life as a result of injuries sustained in the Indy 500 in 1973.
Johnny Mantz won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Milwaukee Mile (1.0d),West Allis, WI.
Troy Ruttman won the AAA Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN.
Frankie Luptow won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Sedalias State Fair Speedway, Sedalia, MO.
Bobby Ball won the URA Midget race at the South Mountain Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
Walt Faulkner won the AAA sanctioned Milwaukee 200 race at The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin. Jack McGrath was second followed by Johnnie Parsons, Bill Schindler and Henry Banks.
Deb Snyder won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls, SD.
Bill Holland won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Belleville High Banks, Belleville, KS.
Dick Ferguson won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Shelby County Speedway, Harlan, IA.
Mike Nazaruk won the AAA Midget race at the Cincinnati Race Bowl, Cincinnati,OH.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Eldon Raceway, Eldon, IA.
Hank Nykaza won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Red River Valley Speedway,West Fargo, ND.
Jimmy Bryan won the USAC sanctioned Milwaukee 250 race at The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin. Jimmy Reece was second followed by Rodger Ward, Eddie Sachs and Johnny Boyd.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Jud Larson at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines,IA.
Red Marlowe won the ARDC Midget race at the Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown,PA.
Jim McWithey won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN. Eddie Sachs was second followed by Vern Chamberlain, Pete Folse, Jack Rounds, Arnie Knepper and Elmer George.
Gene Hartley won the USAC Midget race at the Peoria Speedway, Peoria,IL.
Dutch Schaeferand Bill Randall won the ARDC Midget feature races at the Freeport Speedway, Freeport,NY.
Jimmy Davies won the USAC Midget race at the Champaign Fairgrounds, Champaign,IL.
Allen Heath won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Johnny Mackison won the Super Modified race over Bobby Abel, Dizzy Dean, Ray Kable and PeeWee Pobletts at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA.
Jim McElreath won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1/2d), St. Paul, MN.
Don Branson won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Jim Hurtubise was second followed by Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey. ( Click here for the race report. )
Billy Wood won the BMARA Midget race at the Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, WI.
Johnny White won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Sonny Helms, Calvin Gilstrap, Hank Rogers and Mickey Shaw at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN.
Bobby Courtwright won the URC Sprint Car race at the Shangri-La Speedway, Owego,NY. Cookie Osterhout finished second followed by Gene Bergin, Jim Maguire and Rod Albright.
Gordon Johncock won the Supermodified race over Jim Nelson, Ralph McLennan, Darl Harrison and Karl Busson at the Toledo Speedway, Toledo,OH.
Rene Charland won the Modified Stock Car race over Lou Lazzaro and Jim Luke at the Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon,NY.
Frankie Schneider won the Modified Stock Car race over Bobby Malzahn at the Nazareth Fairgrounds, Nazareth, PA.
Jim Hoffman won the Modified Stock Car race over Pete Frazee, Augie Moschera and Ray Moran at the Old Bridge Stadium, Old Bridge, NJ.
Dick Freeman won the 100-lap MARC Late Model Stock Car race at the Salem Speedway, Salem, IN. Jim Cushman finished second followed by Iggy Katona, Jack Shanklin and Hal Smith.
Paul Goldsmith won the 100-mile USAC Late Model Stock Car race over Don White, Dick Rathmann, Bill Cheesebourg and Rodger Ward at the 1-mile dirt Springfield Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL.
Dick Good won the Super Modified race at the Sandusky Speedway, Sandusky, OH. Ed Molketin was second followed by Don Francis, Todd Gibson and George Fosco.
Jim Seese won the Super Modified race at the Sharon Speedway, Sharon, PA. Mac Clingan was second followed by Steve Unger, Henry Jacoby, Dave Lundy, Bill Banick and Dick Bailey.
Bob Williams won the 100-lap Super Modified race and Howard House won the 100-lap Midget race at the Olympic Stadium, Kansas City, MO.
Johnny Mackison won the Super Modified race over Ralph Smith, Neil Haight, Bobby Abel and Gene Goodling at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, PA.
Bus Brosenne won the United Midget Racing Club feature over Carl Miller and Jack Edwards at the Vista Raceway, Vista, MD.
Scratch Daniels won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1/2d), St. Paul, MN.
Jerry Richert won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Albert Lea Fairgrounds, Albert Lea,MN.
Bob Wente won the USAC Midget race at the Fairbury Legion Speedway, Fairbury,IL.
Sam Erwin won the Sprint Car race over Dean Knittel, Spike Spears, Jim Meeker and Bob Morgan at the K-C Raceway - Buckeye 100, Chillicothe, OH.
Mario Andretti won the USAC Sprint Car race over Don Branson, Roger McCluskey, Norm Brown and Bobby Unser at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego,NY.
Ray Tilley won the Super Modified race over Mitch Smith, Neil Haight, Gus Linder and Don Kreitz at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
Bobby Abel won the Super Modified race over Kenny Weld and Red Fouts at the Dorsey Speedway, Dorsey, MD.
Billy Wilkerson won the CRA Sprint Car race over Hank Henry, Bobby Hogle, Stan McElrath and Ned Spath at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Jerry Blundy won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines,IA.
Frank Gorichky won the Sprint Car race over Ralph Quarterson and Ted Wise at the Mercer Raceway Park, Mercer, PA.
Lynn Paxton won the Super Modified race at the Hershey Stadium, Hershey,PA.
Roger West won the USAC Midget race at the Fairbury Legion Speedway, Fairbury,IL.
Billy Wilkerson won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA. Stan McElrath was second followed by Tony Simon, Clark Templeman and Jimmy Oskie.
Gus Linder won the Super Sprint Car race over Lou Blaney, Ed Lynch, Ted Wise and Jerry Matus at the Jennerstown Speedway, Jennerstown,PA.
Cale Yarborough won the NASCAR Winston Cup SouthEastern 500 over Benny Parsons at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN.
Keith Kauffman won the Sprint Car race over Cris Criswell, Garry Hewsare, Joey Gravino and Ron Rough at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA.
Don White won the 100-mile USAC Late Model Stock Car race over Bay Darnell, Terry Ryan, Tom Bigelow and Sal Tovella at the one-mile dirt DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin, IL.
Bob Senneker won the Late Model Stock Car race over Gail Cobb, Terry Senneker, Jim Dyke, Henry "Butch"Miller and Johnny Benson at the Berlin Raceway, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bill Kimmel won the 100-lap ARCA Late Model Stock Car race at the Flat Rock Speedway, Flat Rock, MI.
Curt Kelley won the Midwest Sprint Assn's Sprint Car race at the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN.
Dean Thompson won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park, Gardena, CA. Jimmy Oskie was second followed by Tony Simon, Lee James and Mike Shaw.
Jimmy Wilburn... Died ... He won a non-points Championship Car race at Lakewood Speedway in March of 1946 which is the first known Champ Car race to be held after the end of World War II. Later that year he drove in the 1946 Indianapolis 500 driving an Alfa Romeo and started 16th and retired after 52 laps with engine trouble, credited with the 19th finishing position. He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1994
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup Busch 500 over Alan Kulwicki at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN.
Terry Labonte won the NASCAR Winston Cup Goody's 500 over Dale Earnhardt at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN.
Rusty Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup Goracing.com 500 over Tony Stewart at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN.
Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Sharpie 500 over Kyle Busch at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN.