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1924
Dick Rathmann ... Born ... AAA & USAC driver from the 1940's, 50's & 60's
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1926
Pat Flaherty ... Born ... He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1950, 1953-1956, 1958,1959, and 1963 seasons with 19 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1950, 1953, 1955, 1956, and 1959. He finished in the top ten 9 times, with victories in 1955 and 1956 at Milwaukee as well as the 1956 Indianapolis 500.
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1952
Allen Heath won the 40 lap Pacific Coast AAA Sprint Car race at the Carrell Speedway, Gardena, CA. Johnnie Parsons finished second followed by Troy Ruttman.
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1957
Gene Hartley wins the 50 lap USAC Indoor Midget race at Allen County Coliseum Expo, Fort Wayne, IN
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1974
Steve Cannon won the 75-lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN.
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1979
Gary Balough won the 50-lap season opener Late Model race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL.
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1980
Terry Wente won the 75-lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN.
Tex Enright ... Died ... Tex was one of the best known starters on the East coast. ( Click here for the story. )
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1985
Rich Vogler won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN.
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1990
Russ Gamester won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, IL.
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1989
Jim Hurtubise ... Died ... An American race car driver who raced in USAC Champ Cars (including the Indianapolis 500), as well as sprint cars and stock cars (USAC and NASCAR). He was from North Tonawanda, New York. Despite his limited success, he was a fan favorite throughout much of his career as many characterized him as an "old style" racecar driver. Hurtubise raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1959-1968 and 1970-1974 seasons, with 97 career starts. He finished in the top ten 38 times, with 4 victories, in 1959 at Sacramento, 1960 at Langhorne, and 1961 and 1962 at Springfield. In 1964, after suffering serious burns in an accident during the Rex Mays Classic, in Milwaukee, doctors asked Hurtubise how he wanted his hands shaped permanently. "Just make 'em so I can hold a steering wheel," he replied. Hurtubise died January 6, 1989 after suffering a heart attack near his home in Port Arthur, Texas. He was 56 years old. ( Click here for the report. )
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2000
Sam Schmidt paralyzed after he broke his neck in a crash while testing his IRL car at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida.
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