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1915
Eddie O'Donnell drove to his second AAA win in four days as he won the 100 mile race on the 1 mile dirt Ascot Speedway. O'Donnell averaged 59.2 mph in a Duesenberg.
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1954
Herb Thomas drove his Hudson Hornet to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Palm Beach Speedway in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was the 29th career win for the winningest driver in GN history at the time. Buck Baker finished second, 2 laps behind in an Olds 88. Future Indy drivers Dick Rathmann and Al Keller shared the front row in Hudson Hornets. Keller was in the lead on lap 49 when a head gasket blew, giving the lead to Rathmann took until he suffered the same fate 16 laps later. Thomas won $1,600 in one of the highest paying 100 mile races in NASCAR Grand National history.
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1959
Daytona International Speedway formally opened. 13 cars were on hand for the first qualifying round, but 6 failed tech inspection. "Fireball" Roberts turned in a speed of 140.581 mph in a Pontiac to earn the pole for the inaugural 100 mile Grand National qualifying race. Marvin Panch ran 128.810 mph to pace the two convertibles that timed in.
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1960
A.J. Foyt won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Ascot Stadium, Gardena, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1962
Jerry Richert won the Florida State Fair IMCA Sprint Car race in Tampa Florida. Johnny White was second followed by Johnny Rutherford, Pete Folse and Arnie Knepper.
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1971
Iggy Katona won the ARCA 300-mile Stock Car race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
J.D. Leas won the third event of the Winternational Sprint Car series at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1973
Rick Hocking wins the AMA Motorcycle feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
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1976
Larry Michaels won the TQ Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
Gary Bettenhausen won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, IN.
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1982
Frank McGurk... Died ... AAA driver from the 1930's and 40's.
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1986
Reggie Ruggiero won the Modified race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bobby Davis Jr won the All Star Preliminary feature for the 10th Annual Sprint Car Nationals race at the East Bay Speedway, Gibsonton, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1987
Larry Rice won the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL.
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1988
Rick Hood won the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL.
Billy Vukovich III won the USAC Supermodified race over Bob Bigiogni and Wally Pankratz at the Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ.
Rich Vogler won the USAC Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ. Ray Lawson was second followed by Chuck Gurney, Bob Cicconi and Rusty Rasmussen.
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Busch Clash race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL. Davey Allison was second followed by his father Bobby Allison, Geoff Bodine, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, Ken Schrader, Morgan Shepherd, Terry Labonte and Harry Gant.
Mickey Gibbs won the Daytona ARCA 200 race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL. Red Farmer was second followed by Charlie Glotzbach, Jay Sommers and Bill Venturini.
Danny Lasoski won the All Star Sprint Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. Rocky Hodges was second followed by Jimmy Sills, Paul Lotier and Joe Gaerte.
Kevin Olson won the American Midget Racing feature race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. Frankie Kerr was second followed by Terry Wente, Sam Isenhower, Scott Hatton, Mike Brooks, Mack McCellan, Ron Hughes Jr., Randy Mausteller and Keith Kunz.
Tom Baldwin won the Modified Stock Car race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Bobby Fuller was second followed by Alan McLure, Tony Jankowiak and Kevin Eyres.
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1989
Billy Moyer won the Late Model Stock Car race at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1998
Davey Hamilton won the USAC Midget race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV.
Bobby McMahan and Ray Evans each won the 20-lap USAC Midget races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV.
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1999
Joe Cooksey, ARCA stockcar driver, wrecked himself and the pace car during the Firstplus Finacial 200 at Daytona International Speedway at Daytona.
Jason Leffler won the USAC Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ.
Brian Tyler won the USAC Silver Crown race at the Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ.
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2009
Kevin Harvick won the Budweiser Shootout at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Florida. Jamie McMurray was second followed by Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and AJ Allmendinger.
Randy Hall won the UMP DIRTcar Modified race at the Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL.
Joey Saldana won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL. Jason Sides was second followed by Jac Haudenschild, Greg Hodnett, Stevie Smith, Steve Kinser, Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Sammy Swindell and Jason Meyers
Dennis Erb Jr won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race at the East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, FL.
Jimmy Blewett won the SK Modified feature at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach Florida.
Matt Hirschman won the Tour-Type Modified feature over Ted Christopher at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach Florida.
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