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1895
William Gardner... Born ... AAA driver from the 1920's and 1930's.
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1924
Bob Tattersall... Born ... The 1969 USAC National Midget Champion also raced in Australia and New Zealand for thirteen winters, winning over fifty percent of the races he competed in, as well as the World Championship at the Sydney Showgrounds on seven different occasions. He also drove sprint and championship cars and passed his rookie test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1966. Bob started his career in stock cars and switched to midgets in 1950. He won the UARA Midget Championship twice and consistently beat the Offies with Frank Pavese’s famous Ford 60 V-8. In 1955 he won a heat race at Terre Haute with the car against the top AAA drivers. He began racing with USAC on a full time basis in 1960 and in eleven years of competition was never lower than 8th in the point standings. During many of those years, he got off to a late start due to his schedule in Australia. He had recorded 63 USAC feature wins.
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1932
Bob Carey won the AAA Championship race on the 1 mile dirt oval at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York.
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1950
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Mike Nazaruk at the Williams Grove Speedway,Mechanicsburg, PA.
Russ Lee won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the New Ulm Fairgrounds, New Ulm, MN.
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1954
Vic Carter won the AAA Midget race at the Flint Motor Speedway, Flint,MI.
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1955
Everett Rogers won the ARDC Midget race at the Dexter Park Speedway, Queens,NY.
Nick Valenta won the 100 lap CRA Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway (1/2d) , Phoenix, AZ.
Rex Easton won the AAA Midget race at the Motor City Speedway, Detroit,MI.
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1959
Bud Sterrett,driving the Sterling Plumbing Chevy, won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Speedway, Los Angeles, CA. Chuck Hulse was second followed by Colby Scroggins, Roy Prosser, Allen Heath and Stan McElrath.
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1960
Potsy Goacher won the USAC Midget race at the Fairbury Legion Speedway, Fairbury,IL.
A.J. Shepherd won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the River Cities Speedway, Grand Forks,ND.
Don Davis won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix,AZ.
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1961
Parnelli Jones won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Indianapolis Raceway Park (5/8p), Indianapolis, IN. A.J. Foyt was second followed by Jim Hurtubise, Len Sutton and Al Keller.
Bobby Marshman won the USAC Midget race at the Trenton International Speedway (1.0p), Trenton, NJ.
Ray Roberts won the NEMA Midget race over Joe Csiki and Bill Randall at the Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford Plains, ME.
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1964
Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, Jr.... Died ... On May 24, 1964, at the World 600 in Charlotte, Roberts had qualified in the eleventh position and started in the middle of the pack. On lap 7, Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson collided and spun out and Roberts crashed trying to avoid them. Roberts' Ford slammed backward into the inside retaining wall, flipped over and burst into flames. Witnesses at the track claimed they heard Roberts screaming, "Ned, help me!" from inside his car after the wreck. Jarrett rushed to save Roberts as his car was engulfed by the flames. Roberts suffered second- and third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body and was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. Although it was widely believed that Roberts had an allergic reaction to flame-retardant chemicals, he was secretly an asthmatic and the chemicals made his breathing worse. Roberts was able to survive for several weeks, and it appeared he might pull through, but Roberts' health took a turn for the worse on June 30, 1964. He contracted pneumonia and sepsis and slipped into a coma by the next day. He died on July 2, 1964. Roberts' death, as well as the deaths of two drivers at the Indianapolis 500 the same year, led to an increase in research for fire-retardant uniforms. It also led to the development of the Firestone RaceSafe fuel cell, and all race cars today use a foam-backed fuel cell to prevent severe fuel spillage of the massive degree that Roberts had. Also, fully fire-retardant coveralls would be phased in leading to the now mandatory Nomex racing suits.
Bob Wente won the Mile-High Classic USAC Midget race at the Lakeside Speedway, Denver,CO.
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1965
Ray Tilley won the Super Modified race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
Bobby Abel won the Super Modified race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,VA.
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1966
Don Edmunds won the Sprint Car race at the Cajon Speedway, San Diego,CA.
Jerry Weld won the Sprint Car race at the Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City,KS.
Ralph Quarterson won the Sprint Car race over Ted Wise and Lou Blaney at the Mercer Raceway Park, Mercer, PA.
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1967
Joe Saldana won the Sprint Car race at the Midwest Speedway, Lincoln,NE.
RayLee Goodwin won the Sprint Car race at the Saline County Speedway, Marshall,MO.
Mickey Shaw won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH. Bud Tingelstad finished second followed by Sammy Sessions, Bruce Walkup and Chuck Booth.
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1973
Swede Savage... Died ... Savage started racing 1/4 midgets then motorcycles and karts. He then graduated to NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-A and finally into Indy cars where he tragically lost his life as a result of injuries sustained in the Indy 500 in 1973.
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1977
Tom Bigelow, won the first and third and Pancho Carter won the second of the Triple 33's USAC Sprint Car races at the Indiana State Fairgrounds,Indianapolis,IN.
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1979
Sam Hornish, Jr.... Born ... An American race car driver. He is best known for his open wheel accomplishments, which include an Indianapolis 500 victory and three Indy Racing League championships. He also drove in the NASCAR Nationwide and Cup series.
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1982
Randy Wolfe won the Firecracker 40 Super Sprint car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Doug Hoffman won the Firecracker 50 Modified Stock Car car race at the East Windsor Speedway, Hightstown, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Craig Von Dohren and Freddy Rahmer split Small Block Modified Twin-20's at the Big Diamond Raceway, Minersville, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bill Park won the Winston racing series modified stock car car race at the Riverhead Raceway, Riverhead (Long Island), NY.
Doug Craig won the ARDC Midget car race at the Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton, NY. Hank Rogers, Jr. was second followed by Ros Triol, Ron Lauer and Bob Pick.
Ray Miller won the Ferrara 100 Modified Stock Car car race at the Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1988
Myron Stevens ... Died ... AAA driver 1929, 1931
Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Winston Cup Pepsi FireCracker 400 over Rick Wilson at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL.
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1994
Jimmy Spencer won the NASCAR Winston Cup Pepsi 400 over Ernie Irvan at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL.
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2005
Tony Stewart won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Pepsi 400 over Jamie McMurray at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL.
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