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1938
Bruce Craig... Born ... He was a self-employed auto racing photographer, videographer, and historian who was well known throughout the United States. His photography collections on auto racing, numbering some 86,000 negatives, could be compared to those of Mathew Brady on the Civil War. In addition to taking photos he was very adept at acquiring outstanding collections. He was a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, and of the Williams Grove Oldtimers; an organization dedicated to preserving auto racing. He was a longtime and active member of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in Dillsburg, Pa. He was a member of numerous historic racing organizations.
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1947
Joie Chitwood , driving the Nyquist #8, won the 20 lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Selingsgrove Speedway , Selingsgrove, PA.
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1950
Rich Vogler ... Born ... USAC Midget and Sprint Car driver. Inductee in the National Sprint Car Hall of fame. First to win both the USAC Sprint Car and Midget Championships in the same season. His 134 wins (95 Midget, 35 Sprint, and four Silver Crown wins) in national events is second only to A. J. Foyt's 169. [1] [3] Vogler had 170 total USAC wins, and won over 200 "outlaw" (non-USAC) midget races. Five starts at Indy, best finish - eighth in 1989 driving a Penske. In the last race of his life, July 21, 1990 during an ESPN "Saturday Night Thunder" national broadcast, he was killed while leading a sprint car race at the Salem (Indiana) Speedway with a little over a lap remaining. He was posthumously declared the winner.
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1952
Doug Wolfgang ... Born ... He spent nearly twenty years criss-crossing the country as one of the world's greatest race car drivers. But Doug Wolfgang's career came to an end after two horrific accidents.
Bill Holland won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Dane County Fairgrounds (1.0d), Madison, WI.
Mike Nazaruk won the AAA Midget race at the West 16th Street Speedway, Indianapolis,IN.
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, DE.
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1953
Jimmy Davies won the AAA sanctioned Indianapolis Sweepstakes race on the .5 Mile Dirt Oval Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Johnnie Parsons was second followed by Rodger Ward, Paul Russo and Tommy Hinnershitz.
Jerry Hoyt won the AAA Sprint Car race over Mike Nazaruk at the Dayton Speedway, Dayton, OH.
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1956
Gene Hartley won the USAC Midget race at the Quad City Speedway, East Moline,IL.
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1958
Tony Romit won the ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA.
Russ Congdon won the USAC Midget race at the Motor City Speedway, Detroit,MI.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the River Cities Speedway, Grand Forks,ND.
Allen Heath won the URA Midget race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
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1959
Gene Hartley won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen,OH.
A.J. Shepherd won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Nodak Speedway, Minot,ND.
Roger Bailey won the ARDC Midget race at the Trenton International Speedway (1.0p), Trenton, NJ.
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1962
Johnny White won the Supermodified race at the Mount Clemens Race Track, Mount Clemens,MI. Gordon Dukes was second followed by Chuck Yost, Mickey Shaw and Jim Nelson.
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1963
Bobby Hersh won the Super Modified race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Bud Folkenroth was second followed by Ray Tilley, Junior Ritchey and Dick Tobias.
Parnelli Jones, in the # 1 Fike Plumbing Special, won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA. Bobby Marshman was second followed by Roger McCluskey, A.J. Foyt and Don Branson.
Jerry Blundy won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana,IL.
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1964
Johnny Mann won the ARDC Midget race at the Old Bridge Stadium, Old Bridge, NJ.
Jud Larson won the USAC Sprint Car race at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen,OH.
Bobby Hogle, in the Alex Morales # 1, won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Santa Maria Speedway, Santa Maria,CA.
Gus Linder won the Sprint Car race over Larry Dickson, Dean Mast, Steve Ungar and Hank Jacoby at the Tri-City Speedway,Franklin, PA.
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1965
Curtis Turner is reinstated by NASCAR, after a 4 year ban for trying to organize a drivers union.
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1968
Gary Bettenhausen won the USAC Sprint Car race over Billy Vukovich, Larry Dickson, Bob Pratt and Steve Krisiloff at the Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs,CT.
Mitch Smith won the Super Sprint Car race over Lynn Paxton, Ray Dovel, Bobbie Adamson and Milt Miller at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
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1969
Greg Weld won the USAC Sprint Car race over Larry Cannon, Bill Puterbaugh, Johnny Parsons and Rollie Beale at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH
Johnny Coy won the ARDC Midget race at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington,DE.
Dick Tobias won the URC Sprint Car race over Gino Swarthout, Bryant Ingalls, Tom Price and Earl Halaquist at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon,NY.
Mitch Smith won the Super Sprint Car race over Ray Tilley, Gene Varner, Gene Kohr and Jim Wilbur at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA
Bobby Hogle, in the Alex Morales # 1, won the CRA Sprint Car race over Dick Fries and Colby Scroggin at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
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1970
Al Unser drove his Johnny Lightning Ford powered Colt to victory in the 150 mile USAC Championship race on the Indianapolis Raceway Park 1.875 Mile Paved road course. Mark Donohue was second followed by Gordon Johncock, John Cannon and Wally Dallenbach.
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1981
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup Mt. Dew 500 over Richard Petty at the Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA.
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1987
Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Winston Cup Talladega 500 over Davey Allison at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.
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1992
Ernie Irvan won the NASCAR Winston Cup DieHard 500 over Sterling Marlin at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.
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1998
Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Winston Cup Pennsylvania 500 over Mark Martin at the Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA.
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