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1934
George Follmer... Born ... One of the most successful road racers of the 1970's also raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1967-1971 and 1974 seasons.
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1952
Troy Ruttman won the AAA big-car sprint race at Bay Meadows' one-mile dirt track. at the Bay Meadows Speedway, San Mateo, CA. A Bay Meadows crowd of 5,615 watched Troy Ruttman, driving promoter J.C. Agajanian's JR car in which Johnny Mantz set the previous AAA 25-mile sprint car record over a one mile track at Atlanta in 1949, win the 25-mile feature in record time of 15 minutes, 15.45 seconds, finishing a half lap ahead of Johnny Parsons. Ruttman led qualifiers with another AAA one-mile sprint car record of 36.72 seconds, or 98.03 miles an hour, besting Tommy Hinnershitz' March 29, 1949 mark of 37.80, or 95.23 mph, at Atlanta GA ... Legendary Clay Smith tuned Ruttman's winning car.
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1962
Chuck Weyant won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft Wayne, IN.
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1963
Parnelli Jones won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Ascot Park, Gardena, CA.
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1966
Craig Dollansky... Born ... World of Outlaws Sprint Car driver.
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1979
Jack Bertling won the TQ Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1980
Nick Fornoro Jr. won the TQ Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
Steve Lotshaw won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft Wayne, IN.
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1985
Rich Vogler won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft Wayne, IN.
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1990
Travis "Spider" Webb... Died ... AAA driver, ran 6 Indy 500's
John Meyers won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Mecca, Milwaukee, WI.
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1996
Buzz Calkins won the first INDY Racing League race, the Indy 200 at Florida's Walt Disney Orlando Speedway
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2010
Brady Short won the second night of the 11th annual Open Wheel Modified Winternationals Championship Stock Car race at the East Bay Raceway Park, Tampa, FL. Rodney Wing was second followed by Buzzie Reutimann, Roger Crouse and Dale Mathison.
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