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1913
Rex Easton ... Born ... Rex competed in some sprint cars, but was mainly a midget chauffeur who was always up front in competition. His career was evenly divided between the AAA and USAC years. In USAC competition, he won 21 features which places him 21st in the all- time USAC feature wins ranking. Rex Easton won the 1954 Midwest Midget title and just missed taking the National Championship that year, losing out to Jack Turner in the last race of the season. Rex placed second in the 1957 and 1958 USAC National Midget Division points races and won the USAC Midwest Championship in 1958.
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1936
Wally Dallenbach ... Born ... East Brunswick New Jersey Modified Stock Car driver who went on to drive URC and USAC Sprint cars and 180 USAC/CART Indy Car races between 1965 and 1979, winning five times. He is the father of NASCAR driver and commentator, Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
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1946
Emerson Fittipaldi ... Born ... A highly successful Brazilian race driver, winning world championships in both Formula One and CART, and the Indianapolis 500 twice.
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1971
Jimmy Riddle won the Sprint Car race over Ollie Silva, Hardy Maddox, Dick Gaines and Bill Roynon at the Golden Gate Speedway, Tampa,FL.
Dickie Davis won the Snowball Derby for Late Models over Freddie Fryar, Chuck Arnold, Billy Bails and Warren Hughes at the Five Flags Speedway, Pensacola, FL.
Richard Petty won the NASCAR Grand National Texas 500 at the Texas World Speedway, College Station, TX.( Click here for the race results. )
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1987
Sammy Swindell won the MARA Midget race at the Tulsa Expo Raceway ,Tulsa, OK. Steve Knepper was second followed by Rich Vogler, Gene Gennetten and Lealand McSpadden.
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1993
Steve Kinser won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race over Mark Kinser, Dave Blaney, Sammy Swindell, Jac Haudenschild and Fred Rahmer at the Canyon Raceway, Phoenix,AZ.
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2008
Kenny Schrader won the UMP Modified race at the Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL.
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2009
Tim McCreadie won the 100-lap 5th Annual NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series World Championship race at the East Bay Raceway Park, Tampa, FL. Shan Smith was second followed by Mike Pegher Jr., Steve Francis and Jeff Matthews.
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