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1913
George Hill won the AAA Championship San Diego Road Race in a Fiat. Hill covered the 183.4 miles in a time of 3 hours, 58 minutes and 12 seconds in taking the only AAA Championship win of his career. The race was 2 laps of a 91.7 mile loop of public roads.
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1932
"Babe" Stapp was declared winner of the accident shortened 100-mile AAA Pacific Coast championship race at Oakland Speedway (CA). The race, twice postponed because of rain, was halted after the second serious accident of the event. Ralph Hepburn, 3rd in AAA points in '31, and Bryan Salpaugh were badly injured in seperate accidents (note: both did race again). Earlier, Salpaugh had set a new lap record of 35.31 (101.95 mph avg.) on the 1 mile high banked oiled dirt oval.
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1945
Jacky Ickx -- Born -- (F1 & Sportscar Driver)
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1957
Jim Reed wins the 150 lap NASCAR Pacific Coast Late Model race at Gardena Stadium, Gardena, CA. Parnelli Jones is fifth.
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1958
Parnelli Jones started last (24th) and wins the 150 lap NASCAR Pacific Coast Late Model race at Gardena Stadium, Gardena, CA.
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1960
Bobby Allison won the Modified Stock Car race at the Hialeah Speedway, Miami, FL. Donnie Allison was second followed by Jackie Evans and Rags Carter. ( Click here for the race report. )
Gene Gurney won the BCRA Midget race at the Oakland Exposition Building, Oakland, CA.
Bud Hamilton won the TQ Midget race at the Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, OH. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1965
Jim Clark won the Formula One season opening South African GP in a Lotus-Climax, in what would be the last championship F1 GP held on the East London circuit. Clark led from the pole, with defending World Champion John Surtees' Ferrari 29 seconds behind at the finish.
NASCAR's ban of the Hemi engine goes into effect, a major blow to Chrysler and several drivers, including Richard Petty and David Pearson. Two of NASCAR's greatest drivers, Petty and Pearson will sit out the majority of the season, not returning until July in race No. 34 of the 55-race season. Each will qualify for 14 races in 1965.
Henry Pens won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH.
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1968
Jim Clark drove his Lotus-Ford to victory as the Formula One season opened with the South African Grand Prix on the Kyalami circuit. The win was the 25th of Clark's career, moving him past Juan Manuel Fangio to become, at the time, the winningest driver in F1 history. Sadly, it would be Clark's final championship F1 start as he died in a F2 crash before the next GP.
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1971
Scott Riggs --- Born -- (NASCAR Cup Driver)
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1972
Chuck Gurney won the 25-lap Bay Cities Racing Assn. indoor midget feature at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA. Tom Enea finished second followed by Hank Butcher, Ken Nichols and Bud Riebhoff.
David Ezell won the Bold City 100 Late Model Sportsman race at the Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, FL.
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1981
Mauri Rose ... Died ... Rose won the INDY 500 three times; 1941, 1947 and 1948. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994, and Motorsports of Hall of Fame of America in 1996. Rose began his driving career at a Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, board track on July 4, 1927, before making his way to Indianapolis in 1932, where he would eventually drive the "Indy 500 15 times.
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1990
Jeff Gordon won the 30 lap New Year Midget Derby race at the Claremont Speedway, Claremont, Western Australia. ( Click here for the race report. )
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2005
Josh Pelkey won the USAC Sprint Car race at the USA Race Park, Tucson, AZ.
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2009
Danny Lasoski won the New Year's Day Sprint Car race at the Parramatta City Raceway in Sydney, Australia. Kerry Madsen was second and Kraig Kinser third.
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2011
Ryan Smith won the 40-lap winged Outlaw Modified Midget race and Dave Darland won the 60-lap Midget race capping the final night of the 13th annual "Rumble in Fort Wayne" at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, Fort Wayne, IN.
Blake Hahn won both the Outlaw Micro Sprint feature and the Wingless Micro Sprint feature in the 26th Annual Tulsa Shootout at the Quik Trip Center's Tulsa Expo Raceway, Tulsa, OK.
Johnny Herrera won the 25-lap Budweiser Roger McCluskey Classic Sprint Car feature at the USA Raceway in Tucon, AZ.
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