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1885
Eddie O'Donnell ... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1900's.
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1917
George Fonder... Born ... He was one of the best midget drivers around at the time. The 1941 racing season began as the war was going on in Europe and at National it was the George Fonder and Charlie Miller show. They dominated the racing for most of the season. George Fonder started the season with three straight wins. Charlie Miller won one then Fonder took victory number four then it was Miller time again with his second win. A two week break saw Dave Randolph take one win and Joe Garson another the following week. Then it was back to businesss as usual as the next nine races all went to either Miller or Fonder. Fonder won one week, Miller the next. Fonder came back and captured a 100-lap affair with Miller winning the following week. George Fonder was back with two in-a-row before Miller duplicated that feat with two straight of his own then is was Fonder again. The end of season saw Fonder winning three of the last four races. He also raced big cars and raced in the Indy 500 three times. He debuted in 1949 at the wheel of an Adams powered by a supercompressed Spark engine, finishing in twentieth place, he was relieved by Mel Hansen from lap 68 to 116. He returned to Indy on two other occasions, in 1952 he received the checkered flag three laps down on the winner Troy Ruttman, in fifteenth driving a Silnes/Sherman - Offenhauser. He drove as a relief driver in the 1954 Indianapolis 500 for two different teams after failing to qualify his own car. He died in 1958 when he came out of retirement to race in an ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway as a favor to George Marshman, the promoter of the race. After winning his heat, he crashed in the final. He was taken to North Penn Hospital in Lansdale but was dead on arrival. Fonder was the only fatality at the Hatfield Speedway during its five years as a half-mile paved track. Converted to a high-banked dirt oval in 1959 it closed in 1967 to make way for a housing development.
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1918
Louis Chevrolet won the AAA Championship race Chicago 100 on the 2 Mile Board Oval Speedway Park in Chicago, IL. Ralph Mulford was second followed by Ira Vail, Denny Hickey and Barney Oldfield.
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1930
Shorty Cantlon won the AAA Championship 100 Mile Akron Race on the 1/2 Mile Board Oval Akron-Cleveland Speedway in Akron, OH.
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1941
Duke Nalon won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Joie Chitwood was second followed by Mark Light, Vic Nauman and Ted Horn.
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1947
Bill Holland won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Emil Andres was second followed by Walt Brown, Billy Devore and Ted Horn.
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway, Salem, IN.
Ted Duncan , driving the Johnny Pawl Offy, won the 25-lap CARA Midget race over Ronnie Householder and Sam Hanks at the Soldier Field, Chicago, IL.
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1951
Phil Krueger ... Born ... USAC / CART driver from the 1980's.
Chuck Stevenson won the 100 Lap AAA Midget race at the1/4 mile dirt Kokomo Speedway , Kokomo, IN.
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1952
Bill Holland won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Dane County Fairgrounds (1.0d), Madison, WI.
Gene Force won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway, Salem, IN.
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1955
Potsy Goacher won the AAA Midget race at the Cincinnati Race Bowl, Cincinnati,OH.
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1956
Rex Easton won the USAC Midget race at the Springfield Speedway, Springfield,IL.
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1957
Chuck Rodee won the USAC Midget race at the Motor City Speedway, Detroit,MI.
Dick Brown won the ARDC Midget race at the Plainville Stadium, Plainville,CT.
Roger McCluskey won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
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1958
Eddie Sachs won the USAC Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute,IN.
Len Duncan won the ARDC Midget race at the Danbury Fairgrounds, Danbury,CT.
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1960
Bob Wente won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Painesville Speedway, Painesville,OH.
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1961
Jeff Ward ... Born ... USAC / CART & IRL driver from the 1990's into the 2000's.
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1962
Tony Bonadies won the ARDC Midget race at the Norwood Arena, Norwood,MA.
Neil Haight won the Super Modified race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
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1963
Bobby Unser won the USAC Midget race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena, CA.
Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Danbury Fairgrounds, Danbury,CT.
Bob Wente won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Mt. Clemens Speedway, Mt. Clemens, MI.
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1975
Rollie Beale won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN. Pancho Carter finished second followed by Billy Cassella, Bruce Walkup and Billy Engelhart.
Keith Kauffman won the KARS Super Sprint Car race at the East Windsor Speedway, Hightstown,NJ. Steve Howard finished second followed by Paul Pitzer, Kramer Williamson and Lynn Paxton.
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1978
Dan Wheldon ... Born ... IRL driver from the 2000's.
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1980
Bobby Unser won the USAC Indy Car True Value 500 on the 2.5 Mile Paved Oval Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, PA. Johnny Rutherford was second followed by Tom Sneva, Bill Alsup and Vern Schuppan.
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1997
Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Winston Cup California 500 over Terry Labonte at the California Speedway, Fontana, CA.
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2003
Robby Gordon won the NASCAR Winston Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350 over Jeff Gordon at the Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA.
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