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1909
Joe Matson won the AAA sanctioned Indiana Trophy Race on the 23.27 Mile Crown Point Road Race Course at Crown Point, Indiana
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1936
Denny Hulme... Born ... A New Zealand car racer, the 1967 Formula One World Champion for the Brabham team. Hulme later went on to race for McLaren in Formula One, the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, and at Indianapolis. Hulme competed in the Indianapolis 500 on four occasions: 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1971. His best results in the event were in 1967 and 1968, both times finishing fourth. He did not compete in the 1970 race, due to methanol burns to the hands after a fire during practice. A favourite event of Hulme's was the Bathurst 1000, held at the famous Mount Panorama track in Australia. In the 1992 event he was sharing a Benson & Hedges-sponsored BMW M3 with Paul Morris. After complaining of blurred vision Hulme suffered a massive heart attack at the wheel while travelling part the way down the 200-mph Conrod Straight. After veering into the wall on the left side of the track, he managed to bring the car to a relatively controlled stop sliding against the safety railing and concrete wall. When marshals reached the scene they found Hulme still strapped in, dead.
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1942
Harry Butcher... Died ... AAA driver from the 1930's.
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1946
Joe Dawson... Died ... AAA driver 1910 to 1914
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1950
Leon DeRock won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Macon County Fairgrounds, Macon, MO
Bill Schindler won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz and Mike Nazaruk at the Reading Fairgrounds, Reading, PA
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1951
Gays Biro won the AAA Midget race at the Motor City Speedway, Detroit,MI
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1952
John Bernardi won the AAA Midget race at the Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford,CT
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1953
Allen Heath won the AAA Midget race at the Sportsman's Park, Bedford,OH
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1954
Len Duncan won the ARDC Midget race at the Altoona Speedway, Altoona,PA
Jimmy Davies won the AAA Midget race at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo,IN
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1955
George Fonder won the AAA Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA
Gene Hartley won the AAA Midget race at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo,IN
Lou Johnson won the URC Sprint Car race over Charlie Miller and Bert Brooks at the Orange County Fair Speedway,Middletown, NY
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1958
Rex Easton won the USAC Midget race at the South Bend Motor Speedway, South Bend,IN
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1959
Gene Hartley won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Columbus Motor Speedway, Columbus, OH.
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1960
Al Herman... Died ... AAA /USAC driver from the 1950's and 60's
Russ Congdon won the USAC Midget race at the South Bend Motor Speedway, South Bend,IN
Danny Jones won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA
Chuck Arnold won the ARDC Midget race at the West Haven Motordrome, West Haven,CT
Roger Sowers won the Super Modified race at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
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1961
A.J. Foyt won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Parnelli Jones was second followed by Eddie Sachs, Elmer George and Roger McCluskey.
Bob Harkey won the ARDC Midget race at the Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton,NY
Jimmy Davies won the USAC Midget race at the Danville Speedbowl, Danville,IL
Jim Hemmings won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway, Salem,IN
Eddie Gallione won the URC Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Bobby Courtwright was second followed by Earl Halaquist, Dan Daniels and Tom Price.
Leroy Felty won the Super Modified race at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA
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1965
Bob Tattersall won the USAC Midget race at the Baer Field Speedway, Fort Wayne,IN
Bobby Hogle won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Saugus Speedway, Saugus,CA
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1966
George Benson won the USAC Midget race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA
Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Islip Speedway, Islip,NY
Lou Johnson won the URC Sprint Car race at the Lincoln Speedway,New Oxford, PA
Bobby Abel won the Super Modified race at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Tom Bigelow won the Sprint Car race at the Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville,IA
Lou Blaney won the Sprint Car race at the Mercer Raceway Park, Mercer, PA
Don Thomas won the Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ
Bob Smith won the Super Modified race over Nolan Swift at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego,NY
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1967
Lloyd Ruby won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Al Unser was second followed by Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock and A.J. Foyt.
Richard Petty drove his Petty Enterprises Plymouth to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Carolina 500' on the 1.1 mile North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Petty finished a lap ahead of Buddy Baker's Ray Fox Dodge in taking his 11th win of the season to date
Dean Mast won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Karl Busson, Charlie Masters and Darl Harrison at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN
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1968
Gary Bettenhausen won the USAC Midget race at the Davenport Speedway, Davenport,IA
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1969
Mel Kenyon won the USAC Midget race at the Madison Int. Speedway (1/5p), Madison,WI
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1970
Lee Osborne won the All Star Sprint Car race at the Eriez Speedway, Erie,PA. Lou Blaney was second followed by Jan Opperman, Ralph Quarterson and Russ Woolsey.
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1971
Mitch Smith, in the Gary Wasson # 5, won the Super Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Lynn Paxton was second followed by Jim Sheaffer, Bobby Allen and Jan Opperman. ( Click here for the race report. )
Sheldon Kinser won the Super Sprint Car race at the Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, IN.
Eddie Flemke won the third annual Don MacTavish 100 lap Memorial Modified Stock Car race at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Pete Mourad won the ATQMRA race at the Pine Brook Speedway, Pine Brook, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Kenny Brightbill and Bobby Blatt each won feature races at the Reading Fairgrounds, Reading, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1972
Ray Elder ,three time defending NASCAR Western Grand National champ, drove his family owned Dodge to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Golden State 400' at Riverside International Raceway. The win was Elder's second against the GN regulars (the other being in January 1971 on the same Riverside circuit) and dispelled notions that the previous was a "fluke". Elder cruised home a lap ahead of Benny Parsons' L.G. DeWitt Mercury with Donnie Allison two more laps back in the Roger Penske Matador.
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1977
Tom Bigelow won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH. Steve Chassey finished second followed by Pancho Carter, Billy Engelhart and James McElreath..
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1978
Rick Mears won the 150 Mile Rex Mays Classic USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Milwaukee Mile, Milwaukee, WI. Johnny Rutherford was second followed by Wally Dallenbach, Steve Krisiloff and Larry Dickson.
Cale Yarborough won the NASCAR Winston Cup Gabriel 400 over David Pearson at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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1989
Terry Labonte won the NASCAR Winston Cup Miller HL 500 over Harry Gant at the Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA
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1995
Bobby Labonte won the NASCAR Winston Cup Miller 400 over Jeff Gordon at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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2006
Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR NEXTEL 3M Performance 400 over Carl Edwards at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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