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1882
Arthur Duray... Born ... A Belgian racecar driver. He is probably best known today for breaking the land speed record on three separate occasions between July, 1903 and March, 1904. Ran AAA races in 1914, 1915 and 1918. Finished 2nd in the 1914 Indy 500.
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1909
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation incorporated with Carl G. Fisher as president.
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1939
Jan Opperman... Born ... Race car driver known as "The King of the Outlaws". Two time starter of the Indianapolis 500, finishing 21st in 1974 and 16th in 1976. Legendary sprint car driver. Winner of the prestigious Tony Hulman Classic, Terre Haute Action Track 1976; National Supermodified Champion 1971, Knoxville, Ia.; Two time National Supermodified Champion 1971 & 72, Phoenix, Az; World Dirt Track Champion 1973. Critically injured in the 1976 USAC Hoosier 100 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis. Resumed racing after a full recovery only to suffer a career ending injury at Jennerstown, Pa on June 20, 1981. He had several debilitating strokes and spent the final years of his life in a wheelchair being cared for by his 80-something parents. A man of strong spiritual belief, Jan Opperman was very popular with his fellow drivers, the media and fans. Jan Opperman was a larger-than-life dirt track racing legend who stormed on the scene in the late 1960's, dominated sprint car circuits throughout the 1970's and helped define the Outlaw movement.
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1955
Eddie Hearne... Died ... AAA driver from 1909 to 1927.
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1958
Jimmy Bryan won the 100-mile USAC Stock Car race on the 1 mile dirt oval at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix , AZ.
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1962
Rod Perry won the Modified Stock Car race over Bobby Allison and Jackie Evans at the Palmetto Speedway in Miami, FL.
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1964
Todd Parrott... Born ... NASCAR crew chief
Johnny Baldwin won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA.
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1979
Richie Evans won the opening night Modified feature of the World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Ronnie Bouchard was second followed by Satch Worley, Charlie Jarzombek and Jay Hedgecock.
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1980
Doug Wolfgang won the Dick Tobias Memorial Winter Nationals World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the East Bay Raceway, Gibsonton, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1981
Doug Wolfgang won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1986
Steve Kinser won the All Star Sprint Car race at the Florida Fairgrounds Speedway, Tampa, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Busch Clash race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Reggie Ruggiero won the Modified race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Grant Adcox won the crash marred ARCA 200 race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bobby Davis Jr won the 50 lap All Star Sprint Car Nationals race at the East Bay Speedway, Gibsonton, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Donnie Moran won the 75 lap NASCAR Busch Classic dirt late model race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1988
Jack Johnson won the 30-lap Modified Stock Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. Billy Pauch was second followed by Elvin Felty, Billy Schinkel, Doug Hoffman and Toby Tobias.
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1989
Steve Stambaugh won the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. Jac Haudenschild was second followed by Bobby Davis Jr., Sammy Swindell Bobby Allen and Kenny Jacobs.
John Heydenreich won the All American Midget Series race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.. J.R. Miller was second followed by Gene Gennetten, Jack Hewitt and Dean Billings.
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1997
Rick Williams won the USAC Western States Sprint Car race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV.
Jason Leffler won the USAC Western States Midget race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV.
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2009
Ryan Newman won the Tour-Type Modified feature over Ted Christopher at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach Florida.
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2012
Charles "C.J." Richards... Died ... A highly regarded promoter and pillar of the Northeast racing community and founder of the Champlain Valley Racing Association.
Damion Gardner won the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car race at the Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, FL. Jon Stanbrough was second followed by Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Bud Kaeding, Dave Darland, Casey Shuman, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant and Chris Windom.
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