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1942
Dick LaHaie... Born ... Drag racer
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1947
Greg Pickett... Born ... Sportcar driver
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1956
USAC.. The United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctioned it's first race, a Midget race indoors on a 1/10 mile oval on the concrete floor of the Allen County Coliseum Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The race was won by Indy 500 veteran Gene Hartley.
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1960
Emil Reutimann won the Modified Stock Car race at the Orlando Speedway, Orlando, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1961
Gene Force won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft Wayne, IN.
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1971
Bobby Allen won the 50 lap Georgia-Florida Championship Supermodified race on the 1/2 mile clay Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, FL. Herman Wise was second followed by Cliff Cochran, Dave Scarborough and Doug Meeler.
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1972
Nick Rescino won the 25-lap Bay Cities Racing Assn. indoor midget race at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds 1/10 mile paved oval in Santa Rosa, Calif.. Chuck Gurney was second followed by Jack Walker, Floyd Alvis and Hank Butcher.
Wayne Shugart won the 40-lap NASCAR Late Model Sportsman race over Eddie MacDonald Sr., Bill Mishoe, Eddie MacDonald Jr., and Eldon Yarbrough at the Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville FL.
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1978
Bobby Hamilton Jr.... Born ... NASCAR driver
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2011
Warren Ruffner... Died ... The "Voice of the Reading Speedway". ( Click here for his obituary. )
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