Jimmy Murphy drove his Miller to victory in the 250 mile season opener for the AAA Championship trail. Murphy averaged 115.65 mph on the 1.25 mile banked Los Angeles Motor Speedway board track.
Davey Allison ... Born ... A NASCAR race car driver, best known as the driver of the Robert Yates Racing #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford. Born in Hollywood, Florida, he was the eldest of four children born to NASCAR driver Bobby Allison and wife Judy. The family moved to Hueytown, Alabama and along with Bobby's brother Donnie Allison, family friend Red Farmer, and Neil Bonnett, became known in racing circles as the Alabama Gang. Davey Allison died as a result of a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway on July 13, 1993. Racing legend Red Farmer was a passenger in the helicopter and survived the crash.
Joe Weatherly won a rain shortened NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Concord (North Carolina) Speedway. The race, originally scheduled for 200 laps, was stopped after 78 laps. Weatherly's Bud Moore Pontiac was trailed by Richard Petty and Ralph Earnhardt.
A.J. Foyt , driving the Bill Cheesbourg #17, won the 100-lap USAC Stock Car race at the Ascot Stadium, Gardena, CA.
Jim Cook won the CJA Stock Car race over Bob Price, Marvin Heinis, Bill Foster and Bob Hattig at the Western Speedway, Gardena, CA.
Paul Goldsmith and Earl Balmer won the twin 100 mile NASCAR Grand National qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.
Cale Yarborough drove his Wood Brothers Mercury to the 'Daytona 500' win. Yarborough squeezed by LeeRoy Yarbrough with 4 laps to go and finished 1 second ahead of Lee Roy's Junior Johnson Mercury. 11 caution flags slowed the race.
Richard Petty , coming back from a lap 66 tangle that dropped him 2 laps back, won the NASCAR GN 'Richmond 500'. Buddy Baker finished 2nd in the K&K Dodge, 13.6 seconds behind Petty's Petty Engineering Dodge, the only other car on the lead lap.
Gary Bettenhausen , driving the Doug Caruthers #4, won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA.
Gary Bettenhausen , driving the Paul Bozard #18, won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH.
Bobby Davis Jr won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race before a standing room only crowd at the Kings Speedway, Hanford, CA. Steve Kinser was second followed by Sammy Swindell, Rick Hood, Jac Haudenschild and Brad Doty.
Alfred "Pee Wee" Southcott ... Died ... He was one of Western New York's racing pioneers. From his early days racing a jalopy in some of the dirt rings of the area in the 30's, to his career in Midgets and Sprint Cars, he was always considered as a threat to win, no matter where he competed.