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1914
Willard "Bill" Cantrell... Born ... Nicknamed the "Silver Fox" because of his gray hair and the sly tricks he used to win races, Cantrell came to Southern California from Missouri before World War II. He started racing in jalopies in 1936, and raced midgets with the United Midget Association in 1939. In 1940 and '41 he drove more than fifty different midgets looking for a car that would make him a winner. In 1942 he found that car and scored 15 wins and a 2nd in the UMA points. From 1945 thru 1964, Billy won more than 120 main events with the United Racing Assn., AAA, and USAC. Included in this total is the 1962 "Turkey Night Grand Prix". He won the URA Red Circuit Title in 1947 and was that associationís overall champion in 1951 and '52. He also collected 18 sprint car wins with the California Racing Association in this period. After retiring from driving, he served for a time as the west coast supervisor for USAC and as starter for the USRC midget club.
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1958
Bobby Johns won the 100-lap Sportsman-Modified race over Red Farmer, Gene Winn and Freddie Sweikert at the Hollywood Speedway, Hollywood, FL.
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1959
Harold Smith won the 100-lap USAC Late Model Stock Car race at the Meyers Speedway , Houston, TX. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1970
Eddie MacDonald won the 40-lap Late Model Sportsman race over Wayne Shugert at the Golden Isles Speedway , Brunswick, GA.
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1986
Rich Vogler won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Hoosier Dome , Indianapolis,IN. Kenny Schrader was second followed by Barry Reed, Terry Wente, Tom Bigelow, Gary Bettenhausen, Sammy Swindell, Rusty Rasmussen, Nick Fornoro Jr, Stan Fox, Mel Kenyon, John Andretti, Eric Moore, Russ Gamester, Bob Cicconi, Roy Caruthers, Larry Rice, Bobby Seymour, Mack McClellan and Danny Pens.
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1992
Ron Shuman won the Midget race at the Manzanita Speedway (1/3d),Phoenix, AZ. Eric Wilkins was second followed by Cary Faas, Ricky Johnson and Wally Pankratz.
Dave Blaney won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway (1/2d),Phoenix, AZ. Sammy Swindell was second followed by Rocky Hodges, Mark Kinser and Stevie Smith.
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