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1949
Rick Hendrick... Born ... NASCAR team owner. Rick Hendrick drove in the 1987 and 1988 Winston Cup races at Riverside International Raceway, finishing 33rd (out with transmission problems after racing to the Top 10) and 15th. He also had a single start in the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. He had been a pit crew member for Flying 11 that Ray Hendrick drove in the 1960s. Rick Hendrick is an owner of several NASCAR stock cars and teams, as well as Hendrick Automotive Group, one of the largest automotive chains in the United States. Hendrick Motorsports, founded in 1984, is one of the most successful teams in NASCAR racing, with Sprint Cup championships won in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006, and 2007.
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1952
Harry Stockman won the CRA Sprint Car race at the South Mountain Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
Vic Carter won the AAA Midget race at the Toledo Raceway Park, Toledo,OH.
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1953
Charlie Miller won the URC Sprint Car race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield, PA.
Jimmy Bryan won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA.
Pat OConnor won the AAA Sprint Car race over Mike Nazaruk, Larry Crockett and Bob Sweikert at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN.
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1954
Roy Newman won the AAA Midget race at the Springfield Speedway, Springfield,IL.
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1955
Jack Turner won the AAA Midget race at the South Bend Motor Speedway, South Bend,IN.
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1956
Al Herman won the USAC Midget race at the Sportsman's Park, Bedford,OH.
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1957
Marvin Panch took the lead from Speedy Thompson with 65 laps to go and then held off a late charge by Buck Baker to win the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Southern States Fairgrounds oval in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tiny Lund won the pole in a Pontiac, but was first car out of the race when a gas line broke. Thompson started outside row 1 and led the first 25 laps before giving way to Jack Smith. With the exception of Lee Petty leading one lap, Smith held the top position until his Chevy broke a transmission on the 117th lap. Thompson then regained the lead until Panch took over on lap 135. Panch took his Ford across the line 2 seconds ahead of Baker's Chevy with Petty's Oldsmobile 3rd as Thompson faded late, finishing 4th, 1 lap back in his Chevy. It was Panch's 4th win of the season.
Rex Easton won the USAC Midget race at the Cincinnati Race Bowl, Cincinnati,OH.
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1958
Richard Petty, at the age of 21 , drove in his first NASCAR stockcar race, a convertible series race at Columbia, South Carolina. He finished sixth.
Gene Hartley won the USAC Midget race at the Motor City Speedway, Detroit,MI.
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1959
Shorty Templeman won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo,IN.
Don Branson won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Music City Motorplex, Nashville,TN.
Johnny Dubendorf won the Super Modified race over Dick Tobias, Mitch Smith, Frankie Thompson and Red Lesher at the Sandusky Speedway, Sandusky,OH.
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1963
Hank Jacoby won the Sprint Car race at the Greater Pittsburgh Speedway, Pittsburgh,PA. Dave Lundy was second followed by Gus Linder, Larry Dickson and Pete Cassella.
Dick Tobias won the Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Ray Tilley was second followed by Neil Haight, Roger Sowers and Bobby Gerhart.
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1964
Bud Tingelstad won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN. Gordon Johncock was second followed by Arnie Knepper, Don Branson and Jud Larson.
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1965
Jimmy Davies won the USAC Midget race at the Springfield Speedway, Springfield,IL.
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1968
Tom Bigelow won the USAC Midget race over Don Meacham, Dick Jones, Terry Vaughn and Chuck Arnold at the Hales Corners Speedway, Milwaukee,WI.
Lou Johnson won the URC Sprint Car race at the Nazareth Raceway, Nazareth,PA.
Gus Linder won the Super Sprint Car race over Bobbie Adamson, Ray Tilley, Buddy Cochran and Mitch Smith at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
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1969
Mario Andretti drove a Kuzma-Offy to victory in the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1.125 mile dirt Nazareth National Speedway in Nazareth, PA. Gary Bettenhausen was second followed by Jerry Daniels, Bud Tinglestad and Wally Dallenbach.
Billy Engelhart won the USAC Midget race over Sonny Ates, Bob Wente, Dave Strickland and Roger West at the Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis,IN.
Jimmy Oskie won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Clovis Fairgrounds, Clovis,CA. Billy Wilkerson was second followed by Steve Mesner, Colby Scroggin and Don Hamilton.
Mitch Smith, in the Gary Wasson # 5, won the Super Sprint Car race over Bobbie Adamson, Ray Tilley, Lee Osborne and Gene Kohr at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
Junior Ritchey won the Super Sprint Car race over Johnny Grum, Leroy Felty, Barry Camp and Don Kimberling at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal,PA.
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1970
Joe Saldana won the Sprint Car race over RayLee Goodwin, Lonnie Jensen, Dick Sutcliffe and Steve Shultz at the Eagle Raceway, Eagle,NE.
Leigh Earnshaw won the ARDC Midget race over Jim Kirk, Tommy McAndrew, Johnny Coy and Earl Halaquist at the Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville,PA.
Bob Tattersall won the USAC Midget race at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen,OH.
Rollie Beale won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Heidelberg Speedway (1/2p), Pittsburgh,PA. Gary Bettenhausen was second followed by Karl Busson, Sammy Sessions and Todd Gibson.
Gus Linder won the Sprint Car race over Ralph Quarterson, Bill Banick, Buddy Cochran and Bill Wheeling at the Tri-City Speedway, Franklin,PA.
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1974
Dick Gaines won the Sprint Car race over Bob Kinser, Bobby Black, Larry Curtis and Larry Goad at the Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington,IN.
Steve Cannon won the USAC Midget race at the Enid Motor Speedway, Enid,OK.
Lou Blaney won the Sprint Car race over Jack Sodeman at the Lernerville Speedway, Sarver,PA.
Smokey Snellbaker won the KARS Super Sprint Car race over Kramer Williamson, Johnny Grum, Rick Ferkel and Steve Smith at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
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1975
Garry Gollub, in the Seidel # 98, won the URC Sprint Car race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown,NY.
Billy Cassella won the USAC Sprint Car race over Gary Bettenhausen, Rollie Beale, Bruce Walkup and Larry Dickson at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH.
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1980
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Busch Nash. 420 over Cale Yarborough at the Nashville International Raceway, Nashville, TN
Rich Vogler won the USAC Sprint Car race over Steve Chassey, Karl Busson, Frank Riddle and Greg Leffler at the Toledo Speedway, Toledo,OH.
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1988
Reeves Dutton... Died ... AAA driver from 1919 & 1920
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1998
Jeff Burton won the NASCAR Winston Cup Jiffy Lube 300 over Mark Martin at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH.
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