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1895
John Duff... Born ... a Canadian racecar driver who won many races and has been inducted in the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. Finished 9th in the 1926 Indy 500
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1936
Mickey Rupp... Born ... Started the Rupp Kart Co. in 1959 that lasted until 1978. Drove USAC Sprints & 1 Indy 500 (1965)
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1960
Fred Clifton won the 35 lap TQ Midget race at the Island Garden, West Hempstead, LI. New York( Click here for the race report. )
Bud Hamilton won the TQ Midget race at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, Columbus, OH. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1965
Dan Gurney took his 3rd straight 'Motor Trend 500' NASCAR Grand National win at Riverside International Raceway. Gurney drove the Wood Brothers Ford into the lead to stay with 55 laps left, coming home 27 seconds ahead of Junior Johnson's Ford. Marvin Panch finished one lap down in third, also in a Ford. No factory Dodges or Plymouths were entered by Chrysler Corporation in protest of NASCAR's new rules for 1965 banning their hemi engine. With 16 laps to go, A.J. Foyt was attempting to overtake Johnson for second when his brakes failed at the end of the mile long backstraight. Rather than hit Johnson and the turn 9 wall, Foyt steered off an infield drop off, sending his Ford on a series of end over end flips. Foyt suffered a broken back and fractured left heel in the crash. Ned Jarrett ran with the leaders until his Ford burst into flames during a pit stop on lap 94. The safety crew quickly extinguished the fire and no one was injured. A crowd of 61,474 watched Gurney average 87.708 mph on the 2.62 mile road course. Racing on his international license, Gurney was ineligible for NASCAR points, making Johnson the points leader. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1976
Jack Bertling wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
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1981
Nick Fornoro, Jr. wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
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1994
Andrew Craig was hired as President and CEO of CART.
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2000
Carl Forberg... Died ... Midget driver, midget and sprint car owner, and Duane "Pancho" Carter's father-in- law
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