Carroll Shelby... Born ... legendary racer, car builder.
Walter Christie... Died ... Race car driver, designed a front-wheel-drive race car, designer and builder of military equipment.
Leroy Warriner won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft Wayne, IN.
Bobby Allison drove his Ranier Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory as the NASCAR Grand National season opened with the Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway. The race was the last allowing full sized 115 inch wheelbase cars, beginning with Daytona all cars would be downsized to 110 inch wheelbase maximum. Darrell Waltrip made his first start for Junior Johnson Racing as did Ricky Rudd with DiGard Racing.