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1898
Jimmy Gleason ... Born ... AAA driver 1925 to 1931. He was killed in an AAA National Championship race in Syracuse NY in 1931.
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1901
Myron Stevens ... Born ... AAA driver 1929, 1931
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1910
Louis Tomei... Born ... AAA driver 1932 to 1949
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1925
Colby Scroggin ... Born ... AAA/USAC driver 1954 to 1963
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1957
Cotton Owens drove a factory Pontiac to victory in the 160 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 4.1 mile Daytona Beach & road course. It marked the first GN win for Pontiac as a make and Owens as a driver.
Jimmy Knight won the 30-lap USAC Midget race at the Pensacola Speedway, Pensacola, FL.
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1973
Bobbie Adamson won the 50-lap Super Sprint car Winternational Sprint Series race at the Florida State Fair, Tampa, Florida. Thad Dosher was second followed by Kenny Weld, Jan Opperman, David James and Bobby Allen, Gene Gennetten, Jerry Camfield, Dean Ward and Don Mack.
Bill Dennis won the Permatex 300 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Stock Car race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race results. )
John Poole won the midget race at the Memorial Stadium in Daytona Beach Florida.
Wayne Shugart won the 50-lap Southeastern Winternationals Late Model Stock Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.
Todd Gibson won the Supermodified race at the West Palm Beach Fairgrounds Speedway, West Palm Beach, FL.
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1974
Richard Petty won the Daytona 500, actually the Daytona 450. The race was shortened by 50 miles to comply with a request from the Federal Energy Office because of the "energy crisis". Petty was a car length behind leader Donnie Allison with 19 laps left when a tire went down on his Dodge in turn 4. Petty made it to the pits, returning 38 seconds behind Allison. 8 laps later, Bob Burcham blew his motor in the tri-oval and Allison ran over debris, blowing both front tires and sending him spinning to the infield where his DiGard Chevy stalled. He was able to restart and finish 6th. Coo Coo Marlin was 3rd under the white flag, but mistook it for the checkered and eased off, allowing Cale Yarborough and Ramo Stott by for 2nd and 3rd.
Jimmy Caruthers , driving the Doug Caruthers # 1, won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA.
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1980
Buddy Baker won the Daytona 500. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1985
Bill Elliott wrapped up a dominating SpeedWeek by driving his Thunderbird to victory in the Daytona 500. Elliott duplicated Fireball Roberts and Cale Yarborough's feat of winning the pole, qualifying race and 500. Elliott's only serious challenge was from Neil Bonnett who blew his motor with 6 laps to go. Lake Speed in the RahMoc Pontiac finished 2nd, just under a second behind Elliott.
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1987
Frank Kurtis ... Died ... Pioneer race car designer and builder. ( Click here for the story )
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1989
Junior Hanley won the Late Model Stock Car race and Reggie Ruggiero won the Modified Stock Car race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Keith Kauffman won the All Star Sprint Car Winternationals race at the East Bay Raceway, Gibsonton, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Brent Keading won the season opener World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, AZ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Doug Hoffman won the DIRT Winter Tour Modified Stock Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Freddy Smith won the 30-lap Late Model Stock Car race over Buck Simmons and Donnie Moran at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.
Rusty Wallace won the IROC race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1999
Dale Earnhardt undergoes back surgery to remove a ruptured disk at University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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