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1903
Dusty Fahrnow... Born ... AAA driver finished 24th in the 1934 Indy 500
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1923
Wallace Reid... Died ... AAA driver from the early 1920's
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1932
Johnny White... Born ... USAC sprint & Indy car driver from the 1960's
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1940
Pedro Rodriguez... Born ... F1 and sportscar racer.
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1945
Jimmy Caruthers... Born ... USAC midget, sprint and Indy car driver from California.
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1950
Gilles Villeneuve... Born ... F1 driver
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1951
John DePalma... Died ... AAA driver, he was the brother of 1915 Indy winner Ralph DePalma and the uncle of 1925 Indy winner Pete DePaolo.
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1968
Andy Granatelli sued USAC for witholding his membership, preventing him from racing, and passing "illegal" rules (broke 3-year engine rule) that crippled his turbine-car racing effort.
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1969
Mike Dee wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
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1970
A.J. Foyt won the Motor Trend 500 NASCAR Grand National race at Riverside International Raceway in a Ford. Foyt took the lead from Parnelli Jones with 25 laps to go and took the checkered 3.5 seconds ahead of a rapidly closing Roger McCluskey in a Plymouth Super Bird. Two drivers were badly injured in seperate crashes. Runner-up for 1969 Rookie of the Year, Buddy Young lost control on oil from a blown engine and flipped wildly end over end going into turn 1. The 27 year old driver, making his first start for the L.G. DeWitt team, suffered a concussion and internal injuries. 48 year old West Coast veteran Jim Cook was critically injured when his Ford went head-on into the end of the concrete wall in turn 9, the impact so great that the car was nearly bent double. Jones qualified at a record 113.310 mph, but was forced to start at the rear following a ruling that his tires were illegal. Jones, a Firestone dealer, had qualified on tires which NASCAR officials ruled were not available in sufficient quantity to make them eligible for competition. A crowd of 43,200 was on hand.
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1971
Christian Fittipaldi... Born ... Brazilian racing driver who competed in Formula One, Champ Car and NASCAR.
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1975
Johnny Coy, Sr. wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
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1981
Bruce Kindberg wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
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2003
Andy Mackereth won the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. Craig Rochelle won the Legends Car race.
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2014
Bryan Clauson won the 28th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, Tulsa, OK. Kevin Swindell finished second followed by Christopher Bell, Alex Bright, Dave Darland, Tim McCreadie, Daryn Pittman, Jonathan Beason, Chris Windom, Chad Boat, Rico Abreu, Tracy Hines, Zach Daum, Sammy Swindell and Brad Loyet.
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