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1937
Leon Fox... Born... NASCAR driver from the 1970's.
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1951
Jerry Barnett... Born... NASCAR driver in 1971 at Riverside CA. and College Station TX.
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1960
Bob Tattersall won the USAC Midget race at the Chicago International Ampitheater, Chicago,IL
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1968
Paul Tracy... Born... Paul competed in CART and the Champ Car World Series from 1991 to 2007.
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1977
Sammy Sessions... Died... Sessions was one of the most likable race drivers to come out of the state of Michigan and obtain national prominence. Born during the depression days of the middle thirties, Sam started racing outboard boats at the tender age of 14 and moved into stock cars in 1958 at the now defunct Hastings racetrack. Next on Sam's driving list were the supermodifieds in which he earned the point championship at the now defunct Grand Rapids Speedrome, along with winning a 200-lap national championship supermodified race at South Bend. In 1963 San won 100 lappers at Sandusky, Shangri-La and Delaware. 1964 brought victories in a 50 lapper at Toledo, 100 lapper at Sandusky, and a 150 lapper at the Grand Rapids Speedrome. Nicknamed, the "Little Tiger" Sammy was one of the many Michigan drivers that dominated the early supermodified days at Oswego. The fan popular Sessions drove Pete Webster's Bingo 151 super to three feature wins in a row early in 1964 before taking the car out of the ball-park in turn one in a spectacular crash. The following season Sessions began a USAC racing career that saw him successfully compete in Champ, Sprint and Midget divisions, the highlight being a top five finish in the '72 Indy 500. Continued in sprint cars for a number of years and also became a top snowmobile racer. He died when he suffered a heart-attack during a snowmobile racing accident in Alexandria, Minnesota in 1977 and subsequently crashed into a tree, dying instantly when a branch decapitated him. Real name was Allen Dale Sessions.
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1980
Ryan-Hunter Reay... Born... He started driving in 2003 with CART , Champ Car World Series and later with IRL .
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1987
Alan Garey won the Micro Sprint Car race at the indoor track at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. Rick Kaylor was second followed by Mares Stellfox, Scott Walls and Brian Buckwalter.
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1988
Jeff Gordon won the Sprint Car race at the Auckland's Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand. ( Click here for the race report. )
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