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1941
Bubby Jones ... Born ... A former driver in the USAC Sprint Car series, with 22 victories, and a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, inducted in 1998. He also raced in the USAC Championship Car series, in the 1977-1978 seasons, with 2 career starts, including the 1977 Indianapolis 500. He failed in qualifying attempts at Indy in 1978 and 1981.
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1948
Red Byron won the NASCAR Modified race at the Greensboro Fairgrounds, Greensboro, NC
Ted Duncan , driving the Johnny Pawl Offy #18, won the 40-lap CARA Midget race over Johnnie Parsons and Mel Hansen at the Soldier Field, Chicago, IL.
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1949
Jimmy Gibbons , driving the Donleavy #6, won the 20 lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Dover Speedway in Dover, NJ.
Tommy Hinnershitz , driving the Hinnershitz #2, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, NC.
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1951
Art Cross, driving the Seaman Offy, won the AAA Midget race at the St. Louis Speedway, St. Louis, MO.
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1952
Cal Niday won the AAA Midget race at the Moline Raceway, Moline, IL.
Johnny Kay won the AAA Midget race at the Albany Speedway, Albany, NY.
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1953
Bill Homier won the AAA Midget race at the Heidelberg Speedway, Heidelberg, PA.
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1955
Johnny Thomson helps his car owner Peter Schmidt get over the loss of his star driver Manuel Ayulo at the Speedway by scoring his first AAA Champ Car win in the Rex Mays 100 Mile Race at the "Milwaukee Mile in "West Allis, WI, driving the sister car to Jimmy Bryan's championship winning Kuzma/Offenhauser from the Dean stable, which can only finish fourth on this occasion. Indy winner Bob Sweikert comes second in John Zink's new Watson/Offenhauser dirt car, and third goes to the only roadster in the field, the Dunn Kurtis-Kraft/Offenhauser KK500B of Pat Flaherty. Fifth and sixth are Jimmy Davies (Clancy, '49 Ewing/Offenhauser) and Andy Linden (Fullerton, Kurtis-Kraft/Offenhauser KK4000).
Junior Johnson won the 200 lap NASCAR Grand National race at the 1/2 mile dirt oval Columbia Speedway, Cayce, SC
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1958
George Amick won the USAC Midget race at the Berlin Raceway, Marne, MI
Ernie Derr won the 300 lap ARCA Stock Car race at the 1/2 mile paved oval Dayton Speedway, Dayton, OH
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1959
Chuck Arnold won the ARDC Midget race at the Freeport Speedway, Freeport, NY
Don Branson won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Illiana Motor Speedway, Schererville,IN.
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1960
Rodger Ward won the 100 Mile Rex Mays Classic USAC Championship Car race at the 1 Mile Paved Oval The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin. A.J. Foyt finished second followed by Len Sutton, Tony Bettenhausen and Eddie Sachs.
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1963
Mel Hansen ... Died ... AAA driver . In 21 starts between 1939 and 1949, he won twice (1948 Atlanta in Ray Carter's '39 Wetteroth/Offenhauser, the 1941 Speedway winner, and 1949 Springfield in the '49 Bowes Lesovsky/Offenhauser), was second once (1949 Trenton) and fourth once (1947 Milwaukee). His best championship position was 9th in 1940. He was also a noted midget driver, and won the important Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1939 and the URA (blue circuit) Midget Championship in 1945. His career ended in 1949 after a bad midget crash in Detroit.
Bob Tattersall won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, Louisville, KY.
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1964
Mike McGreevy won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Cloverleaf Speedway, Valley View, OH.
Frankie Schneider won the Modified Sportsman Stock Car race at the Harmony Speedway, Harmony, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Freddie Adam won the Modified Stock Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds, Reading, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Dick Tobias won the Modified Stock Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Richie Massing won the Modified Stock Car race at the Vineland Speedway, Vineland, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Tony Bonadies won the ARDC Midget race and Dick Dixon won the Late Model Stock Car race at the John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1965
Russ Klar, driving the Charlie Nagy No. 36 Trevis/Offy, won overall title of the Bill Randall Memorial Monza style ARDC Midget race at Lime Rock Park, CT, winning two of the three events.
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1966
A.J. Foyt crashes in flames during practice for the Rex Mays 100 Mile USAC Race at Milwaukee, ending his supreme reign of the USAC championship trail of recent years. Heir apparent Mario Andretti seizes the opportunity to snatch the win from Roger McCluskey and Joe Leonard , with the supercharged Gerhardt/Drake-Offenhauser of Art Pollard fourth and Chuck Hulse and Al Unser fifth and sixth, respectively.
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1970
Gary Bettenhausen won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the I-70 Speedway (1/2p), Odessa, MO. Todd Gibson finished second followed by Rollie Beale, Larry Dickson and Jerry Poland.
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1971
Ray Elder won the NASCAR Winston West Series race at Ascot Park, Gardena, CA
Tiny Lund won the 250 lap NASCAR Grand American race at the 1/4 mile paved oval Bowman-Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC
Dick Tobias won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville,IA. Sammy Sessions finished second followed by RayLee Goodwin, Lee Kunzman and Tom Bigelow.
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1977
Sheldon Kinser won the 40 lap USAC Sprint car race over James McElreath, Greg Leffler, Gary Bettenhausen and Steve Chassey at the Terre Haute Action Track , Terre Haute,IN
George Ferguson, Jr. won the Steve Howard Memorial ARDC Midget race at the Grandview Speedway , Bechtelsville,PA. Billy Hughes was second followed by Bob Cicconi, Hank Rogers Jr and Frankie Holz.
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1985
Doug Wolfgang won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway, Weedsport, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1988
Rick Mears won the Rex Mays 200 Mile CART Race at Milwaukee followed by Danny Sullivan , 3rd Emerson Fittipaldi , 4th Raul Boesel , 5th A. J. Foyt and 6th Bobby Rahal .
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1993
John Payne won the TQ Midget race at the Evergreen Raceway, St Johns, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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