William Denver... Born ... He drove in the Indy 500 in 1930 finishing 23rd. In 1931 he was back driving relief for Al Aspen in his Duesenberg from lap 112 to lap 161. Aspen finished 14th. He returned to the 'Brickyard' in 1933 but on the 28th of May he crashed in practice driving the Brady & Nardi Studebaker entered by Ray T. Brady. Denver and his mechanic Hugh "Bob" Hurst were both thrown from the car when it crashed over the northeast turn wall, hit a tree and burst into flames. Bill Denver broke his neck and died four days later on June 1st. His riding mechanic Bob Hurst died at the scene.
Frank McGurk... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's and 40's.
H.A. "Stubby" Stubblefield drove to his only AAA Championship race win, taking the 100 mile race on the 1 mile oiled dirt Roby Speedway in Hammond, Indiana. Stubblefield averaged 76.27 mph in his Miller/Adams. It was also the only Championship trail race on the Roby track.
Charlie Glotzbach... Born ...NASCAR Grand National / Winston Cup driver 1960's, 70's, 80's & 90's. Glotzbach was named the 1964 ARCA series Rookie of the Year. He also attempted to qualify for the 1969 and 1970 Indianapolis 500 races, but failed to qualify for both.
Shirley Muldowney... Born ...3-time NHRA Top Fuel champion and the first woman to win a major racing championship.
Kenny Eaton won the 40-lap Chicago Auto Racing Association Midget race over Frank Burany and Johnnie Parsons at the Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.
Myron Fohr won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Trenton International Speedway, Trenton, NJ.
NASCAR staged its first Grand National event at the Charlotte, North Carolina Fairgounds, marking the birth of NASCAR racing as we know it today. A crowd of 13,000 watched as Jim Roper won the inaugural event on the three-quarter mile dirt track at the Charlotte Fairgrounds. Future legend, Lee Petty finished 17th in his first NASCAR race after rolling his car, a '48 Buick Roadmaster he borrowed from a neighbor.
Harry Eckert won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Tioga Motorsports Park,Owego, NY
Jackie Holmes won the AAA Sprint Car race over Troy Ruttman at the Dayton Speedway,Dayton, OH
Ray Janelle won the AAA Midget race at the Norwood Arena, Norwood,MA
Gays Biro won the AAA Midget race at the Sportsman's Park, Bedford,OH
Bennie Kelly won the AAA Midget race at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo,IN
Len Duncan won the AAA Midget race at the Dexter Park Speedway, Queens,NY
Jimmy Bryan won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Bob Sweikert was second followed by Don Freeland, Mike Magill and Pat O'Connor. Because of accidents and rain, the first 44 laps were run on June 19th and the remaining 56 laps completed on June 26th.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Burlington Fairgrounds,Burlington, IA
Bert Brooks won the URC Sprint Car race over Lou Johnson at the Canandaigua Speedway,Canandaigua, NY
Don Branson won the USAC Midget race at the Galesburg Speedway, Galesburg,MI
Chuck Weyant won the 20 lap USAC Midget race at the Illiana Speedway, Schererville, IN.
Jud Larson won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Berlin Raceway, Grand Rapids,MI
Jimmy Bryan... Died ... He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1952-1960 seasons with 72 starts, including each year's Indianapolis 500 race. Bryan won the 1958 Indianapolis 500 and the 1954(AAA), 1956 and 1957(USAC) National Championship. His 1960 Indy ride lasted 152 laps before motor problems forced him out. Then Bryan agreed to return to dirt track racing as a favor to two old friends, the owners of the Langhorne, PA, track. His car flipped on the first lap and he died immediately.
Jim Hurtubise won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Jim Packard was second followed by Gene Force, Cotton Farmer and Roger McCluskey. Jimmy Bryan died in a first lap accident.
Pete Folse won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines,IA
Arnie Knepper won the USAC Midget race at the Springfield Speedway, Springfield,IL
Joe Weatherly drove the Bud Moore Pontiac to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Augusta Speedway in Augusta, Georgia.
Joe Csiki won the ARDC Midget race at the Empire Raceway, Menands,NY
Johnny Mann won the ARDC Midget race at the John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia,PA
Ray Elliott won the 200 lap USAC Midget race at the Pinecrest Speedway (1/4p) , Toronto, ONT
Lowell Sachs won the USAC Midget race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA
Red Riegel won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds , Reading, PA. Roger McCluskey was second followed by Greg Weld, Johnny Rutherford and Don Branson.
Jay East won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Orange Show Speedway, San Bernadino,CA. Paul Jones was second followed by Bobby Hogle, Jimmy Oskie and Ned Spath.
Ron Lux won the Super Modified race at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego,NY.
Sonny Ates won the USAC Midget race at the Louisville Fairgrounds, Louisville,KY
Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA
Lynn Paxton won the Super Modified race at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA.
Roger McCluskey won both ends of the USAC Sprint Car Twin 30 races at the Terre Haute Action Track , Terre Haute,IN. Bobby Unser finished second in both races.
Tom Bigelow won the USAC Midget race at the Sycamore Speedway, Sycamore,IL
Bob Tattersall won the USAC Midget race at the Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville,IA. Merle Bettenhausen was second followed by Mel Kenyon, Bob Wente and Tom Bigelow.
Mitch Smith won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Dick Tobias was second followed by Don Nordhorn, Larry Dickson and Rollie Beale. ( Click here for the race report. )