George Robson... Born ... AAA driver 1938 to 1946. Had 3 Indy 500 starts with a win in 1946. Robson died with George Barringer in an accident at the Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia.
Harlan Fengler won the 250 mile race on the 1.25 mile board oval track at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Calif. It was the 2nd and final Championship race win for Fengler, who later served many years as chief steward for the Indianapolis 500.
Sir Malcolm Campbell in his Bluebird set a new land speed record of 253.968 mph at Daytona Beach, FL
Connie Kalitta... Born ... In a career that spans all eras of drag racing, Connie Kalitta has done almost everything and done absolutely all of it his way.
Alain Prost... Born ... F1 World Champion
Sam Hanks won the 100 mile USAC Stock Car race at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, Pomona, CA.
Fireball Roberts and Joe Weatherly won wreck strewn twin 100 mile NASCAR Grand National qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. Modified star Bobby Allison made his first GN start in race 2, finishing 20th in a Chevrolet owned by Ralph Stark.
Bruce Homeyer won the ATQMRA TQ Midget race at the Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ. King Carpenter finished second followed by Frank Pelosa, Lou Fray, Bobby Albert, Len Duncan, Al De Angelo, Jerry Wall, George Cousin, Bruno Brackey, Pete Mourad and Jack Duffy.
"Tiny" Lund drove the Wood Brothers Ford to a storybook win in the 'Daytona 500'. Lund was filling in for regular driver Marvin Panch, who was injured 10 days earlier in a firey crash while practicing for the Daytona Sports Car race. From his hospital bed, Panch asked Glen & Leonard Wood to let Lund drive his car in the 500. Lund made one fewer pit stops, giving him a 24 second margin over Fred Lorenzen as he ran out of fuel taking the checkered. It was Lund's first career GN win.
LeeRoy Yarbrough and Fred Lorenzen won the twin 100 mile NASCAR GN qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.
Bobby Allison won the 'Richmond 500' NASCAR GN race, 4 seconds ahead of Richard Petty's Dodge. Allison's win broke Petty's 7 race win streak on the .542 mile paved Fairgrounds Raceway oval.
Darrell Waltrip drove the DiGard Chevy to victory in the 'Richmond 400' NASCAR GN race. Waltrip took the lead from Richard Petty with 19 laps to go and crossed the stripe 1.2 seconds ahead of Bobby Allison in the Bud Moore Ford.
Dale Earnhardt passed Tim Richmond with 14 laps remaining and then held off Geoff Bodine to win the 400 lap NASCAR GN race at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. Bodine's Hendrick Chevy finished 3 tenths of a second behind Earnhardt's RCR Chevy.