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1916
Gene Force ... Born ... Gene Force raced migets and sprint cars in the 1950's and early 60's. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1951-1952, 1954, 1956, and 1958-1960 seasons with 33 starts, including the 1951 and 1960 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 16 times, with his best career finish in 3rd place occurring on 3 occasions.
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1920
Keith Andrews ... Born ... He started racing on oval tracks in 1946 driving Roadsters, progressing to midgets in 1947 and winning three feature races at Lakeside Speedway. He won the Colorado Midget Championship three years running from 1952 to 1954. In 1955 he moved up to big cars and entered in the Indianapolis 500 in 1955 and 1956. Finishing 20th in 1955, in 1956 he was involved in an accident early on, but got restarted to finished 26th. He was killed after crashing his car during testing for the 1957 Indianapolis 500.
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1929
Ray Keech ... Died ... He was a board and brick track racer in the 1920s. He is best remembered for winning the 1929 Indianapolis 500, and for setting a land speed record in the Triplex Spirit of Elkdom. This monster featured three 27-litre Liberty aero-engines! He died in a racing accident at the Altoona 200-Mile Race in 1929.
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1947
Duke Dinsmore won the AAA Midwest Sprint Car race at the Dayton Speedway,Dayton, OH.
Joie Chitwood , driving the Nyquist #8, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Ronnie Householder won the 25-lap CARA Midget race over Gus Klingbiel and Sam Hanks before 35,000 fans at the Soldier Field, Chicago, IL.
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1951
Joe Garson won the AAA Midget race at the Hales Corners Speedway, Milwaukee,WI
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1952
Joe James won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, IN.
Jimmy Bryan won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA.
Deb Snyder won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, KS.
Tom Cherry won the NASCAR Champ Car race at the Heidelberg Speedway, Pittsburgh, PA.
Johnnie Tolan won the AAA Midget race at the Cincinnati Race Bowl, Cincinnati , OH.
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1954
George Tichenor won the AAA Midget race at the Sportsdrome Speedway, Jeffersonville,IN
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1955
Jimmy Knight won the AAA Midget race at the South Bend Motor Speedway, South Bend,IN
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1956
Mel McGaughy won the USAC Midget race at the Galesburg Speedway, Galesburg,MI
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Jud Larson, Arnie Knepper, Jerry Blundy and Red Hoyle at the Burlington Fairgrounds, Burlington,IA
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1957
Fireball Roberts scored his 6th NASCAR Grand National win of the season, driving his own Ford to victory in the 100 mile race on the 1/2 mile dirt Newport Speedway in Newport, Tennessee. Marvin Panch finished 2nd in his own Ford with Buck Baker 3rd in his own Chevy. The first Southern GN race in wake of the June 6th manufacturers pullout (a result of a car going into the crowd and injuring five spectators at Martinsville on May 19) saw Roberts' first win as a car owner. Most of the former factory drivers were sold their cars by the factories. NASCAR raised first place money to $1000 to help the newly independent drivers. Paul Goldsmith was the only former factory backed driver not on hand.
Andy Linden won the USAC Midget race at the Sportsdrome Speedway, Jeffersonville,IN
Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Old Dominion Speedway, Manassas,VA
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1958
Eddie Sachs won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. A.J. Foyt was second followed by Jud Larson, Don Branson and Tony Bettenhausen.
Hank Henry won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ
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1962
Cliff Spaulding won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Indianapolis Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN.
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1963
Bob McLean won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the South Bend Motor Speedway, South Bend, IN.
Parnelli Jones won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Ascot Park, Gardena, CA.
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1968
Dan Gurney won both 100 mile USAC Championship races on the 2.5 Mile Mosport Road Course , Mosport, Canada.
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1969
Bobby Unser won the 150 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Art Pollard was second followed by Wally Dallenbach, Billy Vukovich Jr and Mario Andretti.
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1973
Rollie Beale won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Berlin Raceway, Grand Rapids,MI. Gary Bettenhausen was second followed by Bruce Walkup, Larry Cannon and Johnny Parsons.
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1974
Pancho Carter won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Toledo Speedway, Toledo,OH. Bruce Walkup was second followed by George Snider, Gary Ponzini and Sammy Sessions.
Bob East won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Jim Fearick won the ARDC Midget race at the Freeport Speedway, Freeport,NY. Doug Craig was second followed by Steve Howard, Billy Hughes and Jim Hettinger.
Buck Buckley won the URC Sprint Car race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY.
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1975
David Pearson won the NASCAR Winston Cup Motor State 400 over Richard Petty at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
Leigh Earnshaw won the ARDC Midget race at the Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville,PA. Jim Hettinger was second followed by Wayne Woodward, Bob Cicconi and Jim Maguire.
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1980
Benny Parsons won the NASCAR Winston Cup Gabriel 400 over Cale Yarborough at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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1986
Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Winston Cup Miller 400 over Harry Gant at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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1997
Ernie Irvan won the NASCAR Winston Cup Miller 400 over Bill Elliott at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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2003
Kurt Busch won the NASCAR Winston Cup Sirius 400 over Bobby Labonte at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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