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1965
Billy Wade NASCAR Grand National driver, died when his Mercury crashed during Goodyear tire tests at Daytona Intl. Speedway. The 34 year old Wade, a native of Houston, Texas was the 1963 GN Rookie of the Year and had emerged as a rising star on the NASCAR scene after moving to the Bud Moore prepared factory Mercury team. Wade scored a then record four straight wins on his way to finishing 4th in season points in 1964. Reportedly, Wade was earning $200 a day for the tests to develop a tire inner liner.
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1969
Bob Hauck won the 50-lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN.
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1975
Gary Bettenhausen , driving the Howard Linne #93, won the 75-lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN.
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1991
Michael Lang won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, IL.
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1992
Russ Gamester won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN.
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2000
Ottis Stine... Died ... Otis was a Pennsylvania Sprint Car driver who was a founder member of the York County Racing Club in 1979. He drove his first race in 1934. His main claim to fame is that he was the first ever driver to turn a racing lap of the legendary Williams Grove speedway in 1934. He attempted to run at Indy in 1952 in a Scopa-Offenhauser, but failed to qualify. Stine once finished second in the AAA points and when he retired in 1954, he held numerous track records.
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2010
Donny Schatz won the Scott Darley Memorial Sprint Car race at the Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway, Sydney, Australia. Tim Shaffer was second followed by Brooke Tatnell, Jason Johnson and Danny Smith.
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2018
Justin Bonsignore won the Night One 40-lap Ironton Telephone TQ Midget feature at the PPL Center, Allentown, PA. Matt Janisch finished second followed by Erick Rudolph, Ryan Tidmam and Earl Paules.
Cale Ross won the Night One 40-lap Ironton Telephone Champ Kart feature at the PPL Center, Allentown, PA. Tyler Thompson finished second followed by Ryan Kendall, James Shutt and TJ Reed.
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2019
Ryan Flores won the 40-lap Ironton Telephone TQ Midget feature at the PPL Center, Allentown, PA. Scott Kreutter finished second followed by Eddie Strada, Erick Rudolph and Earl Paules.
Jared Silfee won the 20-lap Ironton Telephone Slingshot feature at the PPL Center, Allentown, PA. Matthew Mertz finished second followed by Michael Lapicki, Brett Bieber and Dylan Hoch.
Justin Peck won the 50-lap Midget race and John Ivy won both the 25-lap Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Micro features of the 20th annual "Rumble in Fort Wayne" at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, Fort Wayne, IN.
Christopher Bell won the 50-lap Midget race at the Western Springs Speedway, Western Springs, New Zealand. Michael Pickens was second followed by Logan Seavey, Brock Maskovich and Zach Daum.
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