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1923
Carroll Shelby... Born ... legendary racer, car builder.
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1944
Walter Christie... Died ... Race car driver, designed a front-wheel-drive race car, designer and builder of military equipment.
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1959
Leroy Warriner won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft Wayne, IN.
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1981
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.
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1987
Rich Vogler won the Chili Bowl Midget race at the Tulsa Fairgrounds, Tulsa, OK. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1990
John Heydenreich won the preliminary feature on the opening of the annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Expo Square in Tulsa, OK.
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2001
Quinn Epperly famed Indianapolis roadster builder , died at the age of 87.
Louis Krages Sports car driver, AKA "John Winter", winner of the 1985 24 Hours of Le Mans, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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