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1915
Ed "Dutch" Schaefer... Born ... Eastern midget racer from the 1940's to the 1970's. Remembered as the man who saved the ARDC from extinction. Schaefer was elected President of the oldest midget racing club in the East in 1952. Near the point of extinction, Dutch managed to hold together a small group of devoted ARDC car owners and drivers, and brought the club and midget racing on the East Coast, back into the limelight.
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1916
Ralph DePalma set a flying mile world record of 35.2 seconds in a Mercedes at Des Moines Speedway in Iowa.
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1930
Bob Harkey ... Born ... USAC / CART driver from 1963 to 1983. Bob ran in the Midget, Sprint and Championship Cars. In the USAC Championship Car series, he raced in the 1963-1979 seasons, with 85 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1964, 1971 and 1973-1976. He finished in the top ten 23 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1964 at Trenton. Also ran ARDC Midgets in the early 60's. For many years, Harkey, worked with Champion Spark Plug's safety program.
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1935
Bruce Jacobi... Born ... USAC driver from the 1960's and 70's.
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1946
Ted Horn won the AAA Greensboro Race on the .5 Mile Dirt Oval Greensboro Agricultural Fairgrounds in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Elbert Booker won the AAA Midwest Sprint Car Race at the Dayton Speedway,Dayton, OH.
Oscar Ridlon , driving the Ridlon #8, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 5/8 mile paved Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.
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1953
Bill Homeier won the AAA Midget race at the Quad City Speedway, East Moline,IL.
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1956
Art Bisch won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix,AZ.
Jud Larson won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Bobby Grim at the Newport Fairgrounds, Newport,TN.
Johnnie Tolan won the USAC Midget race at the West 16th Street Speedway, Indianapolis,IN.
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1957
Jimmy Bryan won the USAC Detroit 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit, Michigan. George Amick was second followed by Andy Linden, Jud Larson and Elmer George.
Len Sutton won the USAC Midget race at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo,IN.
Russ Klar won the ARDC Midget race at the Thompson Int. Speedway, Thompson,CT.
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1962
Colby Scroggin won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix,AZ. Bob Coulter was second followed by Allen Heath, Bob McCoy and Bobby Hogle.
Jimmy Davies won the USAC Midget race at the Mount Clemens Race Track, Mount Clemens, MI.
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1963
A.J. Foyt won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Jim McElreath was second followed by Jim Hurtubise, Parnelli Jones and Bobby Marshman.
Johnny Moorhouse won the USAC Midget race at the Orange Show Speedway (1/4d), San Bernadino, CA.
Len Duncan won the ARDC Midget race at the Thompson Int. Speedway, Thompson,CT.
Johnny White won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Red Amick at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN.
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1967
Kenny Weld won the Super Modified race at the Dorsey Speedway, Dorsey,MD. Ed Zirkle was second followed by Bobby Allen, Lynn Paxton and Milford Wales.
Ernie McCoy won the ARDC Midget race over Russ Klar, Johnny Mann, Len Duncan and Dutch Schaefer at the Hershey Stadium, Hershey,PA.
Ronnie Rough won the Super Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Mitch Smith was second followed by Bobby Brymesser, Johnny Crawford and Joe Lingle.
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1968
Gordon Johncock won the 150 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Bobby Unser was second followed by Gary Bettenhausen, Mike Mosley and Larry Dickson.
Don Nordhorn won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Red Amick at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN.
Lynn Paxton won the Super Sprint Car race at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA.
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1972
Gary Ponzini won the USAC Midget race over Larry Rice at the Santa Fe Speedway, Chicago,IL.
Dick Sutcliffe won the Sprint Car race at the Topeka Fairgrounds, Topeka,KS. RayLee Goodwin was second followed by Jay Woodside and Thad Dosher.
Wib Spaulding won the Sprint Car race at the Tri-City Speedway, Granite City,IL.
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1973
Ned Spath won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Dana Carter won the ARDC Midget race at the Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport,NJ. Jerry Stover was second followed by Jim Hettinger, Ken Good and Hank Rogers Jr.
Billy Shuman won the USAC Midget race over Billy Engelhart, Larry Rice, Bobby Olivero and Arnie Knepper at the Charleston Speedway, Charleston,IL.
Dick Gaines won the Super Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH.
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1978
Dick Tobias ... Died ... He was modified stock car driver that went on to run URC sprints, USAC sprints and Championship Dirt Cars. He was an innovator and race car builder. His career spanned 25 years, ending tragically with his death in a USAC sprint car race at Flemington Speedway in New Jersey.
Tom Bigelow won the USAC Sprint Car race over Chuck Gurney, Ron Shuman, John Draucker and Bob East at the Flemington Fair Speedway, Flemington, NJ.
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1991
Davey Allison won the NASCAR Winston Cup Miller 400 over Hut Stricklin at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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1996
Alex Zanardi won his first CART race, at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon.
Rusty Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup Miller 400 over Terry Labonte at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
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2002
Ricky Rudd won the NASCAR Winston Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350 over Tony Stewart at the Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA.
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