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1918
Barney Oldfield won 2 of 3 main events at Ascot in Los Angeles, California, driving the Miller "Golden Submarine", but with the fully enclosed body removed.
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1935
Buster Couch... Born ... Longtime NHRA starter
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1957
Gene Hartley won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft Wayne, IN.
Rex Easton won the 67 lap USAC Midget race at the South Mountain Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
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1959
Ernie Irvan... Born ... NASCAR Winston Cup driver
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1962
Jimmy Davies won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Chicago Ampitheater, Chicago, IL.
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1980
Darrell Waltrip wins the Winston-Western 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race. The race ends six days later after being delayed by rain on lap 26.
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1989
Rich Vogler won the preliminary feature on the opening of the third annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Expo Square in Tulsa, OK. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1990
John Heydenreich won the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Expo Square in Tulsa, OK. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1996
Buddy Marr... Died ... AKA Russell George, Indy car driver (1927-1928)
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2007
Danny Oakes... Died ... In the 1940s and 50s, he was one of America's leading Midget Race Car drivers winning 100s of races around the country. He won the Turkey Night Grand Prix and 3 West Coast Midget Championships in 1945. In 1947, he won the American Automobile Assn. Midget title and the United States Auto Club Pacific Coast Midget championship in 1959. At age 40, he tried to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 from 1952 to 1955, without success. But as a mechanic, he put many others into the winners circle and earned the reputation as one of the best mechanics in the Indy pits. As chief mechanic in 1963, for 1952, 500 winner Troy Ruttman, his car finished 12th and driver Johnny White, brought Oakes his best finish of 4th in 1964. He quit driving midgets in his mid-60s, but continued his racing career into his 70s as a throttle man in offshore boat racing. He was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1996.
Joey Payne wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
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2011
Sammy Swindell won the third night (Thursday) qualifying feature of the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, Tulsa, OK. Jerry Coons Jr. was second followed by Nick Knepper, Steve Buckwalter, Shane Golobie, Jason Leffler, Levi Jones, Tracy Hines, Andrew Deal and Tim McCreadie.
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