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1908
Bob Sall ... Born ... AAA Sprint car ace who later became NASCAR's Eastern field manager.
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1949
URC , the United Racing Club, held its first awards dinner at the Hotel Stacy-Trent in Trenton, New Jersey. The URC, through the visionary leadership of Harry Johnson (and later Louie Kunz) became known for innovative ideas that always seemed to be one step ahead of the other groups. One of the earliest of these innovations was that of an actual sit-down championship awards banquet. The AAA never held such an affair and although some of the Eastern independent groups would have a "gathering" to celebrate the past season, the URC was first to have a real awards dinner. In addition to the usual driver awards, another first was introduced with recognition of the car owners through their own set of points.
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1954
Ernest Friderich ... Died ... AAA driver
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1956
Buck Baker made his first start for the powerhouse Kiekhaefer Chrysler team a winning one by taking the 150 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the one mile dirt oval at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Frank Mundy, also new to the Kiekhaefer squad, finished a half lap behind in second. Tim Flock was third, giving the Kiekhaefer Chryslers a 1-2-3 sweep. The returning Mundy had to post a $1000 bond to be re-instated in NASCAR after leaving in 1952 to race on the AAA circuit. Baker had been the main competition for the mighty Chryslers in 1955, so team owner Carl Kiekhaefer hired him.
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1960
Chuck Booth won the 30 lap Midget race at the Oakland Exposition Building, Oakland, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1966
Bobby Courtwright wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. Ed Leip wins in Foreign Compacts
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1967
Bob Hare won the 50-lap USAC Midget race at the Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH.
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1972
Doug Craig won the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. ( Click here for the race report. )
Hershel McGriff won the 6th annual Permatex 200-mile NASCAR Late Model Sportsman road race at the Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA.
Hank Butcher won the 25-lap Bay Cities Racing Assn. indoor midget feature over Chuck Gurney and Ray Wise at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA.
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1975
Felipe Giaffone ... Born ... Indy car driver, 6 Indy 500 starts. Best finish 3rd in 2002
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1977
Tom White wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
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1978
Cale Yarborough, Taking the lead with 25 laps to go, drove the new Junior Johnson Oldsmobile to victory in the NASCAR Grand National Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway. Yarborough finished one second ahead of Benny Parsons with David Pearson less than a car length behind Parsons in third. Parsons and Pearson swapped the runner-up spot three times on the last lap. Neil Bonnett finished 4th in his first road course start. It was the first NASCAR GN win for Olds since 1959. Johnson's team had a new crew chief, 22 year old Tim Brewer. Yarborough's 50th career win seen by a crowd of 70,000. The start was delayed to let the large crowd in through the muddy conditions.
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1984
Rich Vogler , driving the Robert Lowe # 74, won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN.
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1989
Tom Bigelow won the USAC Midget race at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1996
Bill Cantrell... Died ... Midget, sprint and Indy car driver from the late 1930's to mid 50's and later he became the West Coast supervisor for USAC.
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2005
Jeff Heotzler wins the TQ Midget/Micro Sprint feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. Jesse Hartman wins in Slingshots, Greg Harris wins in Micro Stocks, Davey Sammons wins in Young Lions/Slingshots, Steve Buckwalter wins in Mini Cup and Brett Stratford wins in Champ Karts.
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2006
Lou Cicconi, Jr. wins the TQ Midget/Micro Sprint feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. Ryan Smith wins in Slingshots, Rich Byrne wins in Micro Stocks, Christopher Allen wins in Young Lions/Slingshots and Tom Ervin wins in Outlaw Micro Stocks.
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