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1950
Mike Nazaruk won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, DE.
Frankie Luptow won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, MO.
Bobby Ball won the URA Midget race at the South Mountain Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
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1951
Cecil Green ... Died ... An American racecar driver from Dallas, Texas. Green won 34 races between 1948 and 1950 in Oklahoma and Missouri, and many more in Texas. He won the 1949 Oklahoma City and Southwest AAA titles. He won in seven different Offenhauser cars. Green place fourth in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1950. He finished 22nd in the 1951 Indianapolis 500. He died in a qualifying crash at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana in 1951, which became known as "Black Sunday". Green was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Walt Brown ... Died ... AAA driver from the 1940's and early 50's who ran in 3 Indy 500's with a best finish of 7th in 1947. He died in a race at the Williams Grove Speedway (PA).
Bill Mackey ... Died ... AAA driver from 1949 to 1951. His name at birth was William Gretsinger, Jr. He was killed in a sprint car crash at Winchester Speedway.
Black Sunday .. On this day, three big-time drivers, each of whom were veterans of the Indianapolis 500, lost their lives on this day. At the Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania, Walt Brown was warming up an ill-handling car, the Jack Robbins Special. This car, as the Noc-Out Hose Clamp Special, had been driven to victory in the 1941 Indianapolis 500 by Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose. Brown suffered critical injuries during a slow tumbling accident in the second turn, and died just after arriving at Carlisle Hospital. Meanwhile, at the Winchester Speedway in Indiana, Cecil Green lost control and went over the embankment between the first and second turn while attempting to qualify the J.C. Agajanian "98jr." car. He died on the way to the hospital while the other drivers waited for the ambulance to return. Next in the qualifying line was Bill Mackey, driver of the Joe Langley Special. No sooner had the ambulance returned than Mackey began his qualifying attempt, only to fly out of the track at the same spot Green had, also suffering fatal injuries. Mackey, whose real name was William C. Gretsinger, Jr., had been having reservations about continuing his racing career, in spite of a run of recent success, including the recent participation in his first Indianapolis 500 in May. During the second wait for the ambulance to return, drivers in the qualifying line had considerable time to ponder the hazards of their profession. Fortunately, the next driver up was the inimitable Duane Carter, the defending AAA Midwest sprint car champion. He had come to Winchester only because promoter Frank Funk had offered him a special appearance bonus to assure himself of at least one "headliner," while most of the stars were racing at Williams Grove. Without a flicker of reluctance, Carter raced through three consecutive laps, all under the track record. After establishing these records and winning the fast qualifier of the day accolades, he proceeded to win both his preliminary heat race and the day's feature race.
Troy Ruttman won the Indianapolis Classic AAA Indy Car non-championship race at the half mile dirt oval Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA. Tony Bettenhausen was second followed by Andy Linden, Tommy Hinnershitz and Jack McGrath.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Vermilion County Speedway, Danville, IL.
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1952
Ray Brown won the AAA Midget race at the Bone Stadium, Pittston,PA.
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1953
Justin King won the AAA Midget race at the Cincinnati Race Bowl, Cincinnati,OH.
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1954
Leon DeRock won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Nodak Speedway, Minot, ND.
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1955
Johnnie Tolan won the AAA Midget race at the Memphis-Ark Speedway, Lehi,AR.
Lou Johnson won the URC Sprint Car race at the Morristown Speedway,Morristown, NJ.
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1956
Gays Biro won the USAC Midget race at the Auto City Speedway, Flint,MI.
Pat OConnor won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Heidelberg Speedway, Pittsburgh,PA. Bob Veith was second followed by Johnny Thomson, Eddie Sachs and Jimmy Bryan.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Nodak Speedway, Minot,ND.
Eddie Gallione, in the Scats Anfuso # 3, won the URC Sprint Car race over Bert Brooks, Chuck Arnold, Hal Rettberg and Toby Tobias at the Marlboro Motor Raceway, Marlboro,MD.
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1959
Leroy Warriner won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Peoria Speedway, Peoria, IL.
Jerry Blundy won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, IA.
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1960
Don Morris won the ARDC Midget race at the Freeport Speedway, Freeport,NY.
Harold Leep won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Pete Folse, Gordon Woolley, Sonny Helms and Hugh Randall at the Scotland County Speedway, Memphis,MO.
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1961
Colby Scroggin won the CRA Sprint Car race over Russ Long, Bobby Hogle, Allen Heath and Gene Brown at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Keith Rachwitz won the USAC Midget race at the Champaign Fairgrounds, Champaign,IL.
Johnny Dodd won the URC Sprint Car race over George Monsen, Earl Halaquist, Bobby Courtwright and Eddie Gallione at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington,DE.
Johnny Mackison won the Super Modified race over Gene Goodling, Bobby Abel, Jim Findley and Ron Cranston at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA.
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1962
Jerry Richert won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Chippewa Falls Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls,WI.
Roger McCluskey won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH. Chuck Engel was second followed by Allen Crowe, Don Davis and Bobby Marvin.
Parnelli Jones won the USAC Midget race at the Kearney Bowl, Fresno, CA.
Don Gillette and Jim Maguire were co-winners in a dead heat URC Sprint Car race at the Tioga Motorsports Park, Owego,NY.
Gordon Johncock won the Supermodified race over Johnny White, Johnny Logan, Dave Paul and Bill Heeney at the Toledo Speedway, Toledo,OH.
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1964
Hal Minyard won the CRA Sprint Car race over Bob Coulter, Bobby Hogle, Dick Fries and Stan McElrath at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Gus Linder won the Sprint Car race over Dave Lundy, Lou Blaney, Larry Dickson and Hank Jacoby at the Greater Pittsburgh Speedway, Pittsburgh,PA.
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1966
Ray Tilley won the Super Modified race over Ed Spencer, Irvin King, Willie Musselman and Paul Miller at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
Kenny Weld won the Super Modified race over Bobby Abel and Bob Tester at the Dorsey Speedway, Dorsey, MD.
Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Old Bridge Stadium, Old Bridge,NJ.
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1967
RayLee Goodwin won the Sprint Car race over Roy Hibbard, Jerry Weld, Bobby Ford and Bob Burns at the Capital Speedway, Holts Summit,MO.
Gary Bettenhausen won the USAC Midget race over Bob Tattersall at the Champaign Fairgrounds, Champaign,IL.
Bob Wilkey won the URC Sprint Car race over Earl Halaquist, Jiggs Peters, Lou Johnson and Bobby Courtwright at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington,DE
Joe Saldana won the Sprint Car race at the Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville,IA.
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1972
Joe Leonard won the USAC Indy Car Pocono 500 race at the 2.5 mile paved tri oval Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA . Johnny Rutherford was second followed by Al Unser, Billy Vukovich and Sam Posey.
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1973
Richard Petty won the USAC Stock Car ACME 500 race at the 2.5 mile paved tri oval Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA . Butch Hartman was second followed by Roger McCluskey, Ramo Scott and Bay Darnell.
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1984
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Talladega 500 over Buddy Baker at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.
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1990
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup DieHard 500 over Bill Elliott at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.
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2001
Bobby Labonte won the NASCAR Winston Cup Pennsylvania 500 over Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA.
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2007
Tony Stewart won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Allstate 400 at the Brickyard over Juan Montoya at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN.
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