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1927
Dempsey Wilson... Born ... USAC driver from the 1950's and 60's.
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1928
Benny Rapp... Born ... USAC driver from the 1960's
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1929
Henry Seagrave drove his Irving-Napier to a new One Mile Speed Record of 231.446 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida
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1930
Troy Ruttman... Born ... AAA / USAC driver from the late 1940's to 1964. He raced in 12 Indy 500's and won in 1952. He was the older brother of NASCAR driver Joe Ruttman.
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1951
Derek Daly... Born ... Formula One and CART driver from the 1970's and 80's
Johnnie Tolan won the 50 lap Pacific Coast AAA Sprint Car race at the Carrell Speedway, Gardena, CA.
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1956
Joe Gosek... Born ... He was a super-modified racecar driver. He also raced in the 1996 Indianapolis 500, finishing 22nd. Joe has won numerous races at the famed Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY. Including their biggest race the International Classic 200 which he has won 3 times. Joe is also a multi-time season champion on the touring International Supermodified Association (ISMA) series.
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1958
Eddie Lawson... Born ... A former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion. After finishing his motorcycle career, Lawson pursued a career in four wheeled motorsport racing in the United States competing in the Indy Lights series and eventually to CART. In 1996 where he competed in 11 races with a best finish of 6th. Lawson was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2002.
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1962
Roger McCluskey won the 40 lap USAC Midget race at the Ascot Stadium, Gardena, CA. A.J. Foyt finished second followed by Jimmy Davies, Bruce Jacobi, Tommy Copp and Allen Heath.
Buzz Rose won the 20-lap CRA Sprint Car race at the California Mid-Winter Fairgrounds, El Centro, CA. Gene Brown was second followed by Colby Scroggin, Russ Long and Jack Brunner.
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1972
Gary Bettenhausen won the 100-lap USAC Astro Grand Prix Midget race at the Astrodome in Houston, TX. Bob Evans finished second followed by Rich Vogler, Johnnie Parsons and A.J. Foyt.
Bill Scott won the NASCAR Supermodified race at the San Jose Speedway in San Jose, CA. Howard Keading finished second followed by Johnny Brazil, Jack Epperson and Johnny Pearson.
Gary Balough won the Late Model Stock Car race at the Hialeah Speedway , Hialeah, FL. Dick Losenbeck finished second followed by Mike McCrary, Randy Tissot and Butch Sousa.
Monk Tate won the Sportsman Stock Car race at the Hickory Speedway , Hickory, NC. Jack Ingram finished second followed by Ted Wells, Ned Serzer and Bob Pressly.
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1977
John Calla... Born ... Founder of racing website wheelsofspeed.com.
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1979
Gordon Johncock won the first ever CART sanctioned Indy Car race, the 'Jimmy Bryan 150' at Phoenix International Raceway. Bobby Unser led until Danny Ongais took over on lap 87. Ongais had a 20 second lead and had lapped all but four cars before a long pit stop under green on lap 119 dropped him to 5th. Johncock took over as Ongais closed quickly before blowing the motor in the Interscope Special 10 laps later. Rick Mears finished second and Johnny Rutherford third. Johncock was driving the Patrick Racing Penske PC6...the first time that a Penske fielded by another team had beaten Penske's own entries.
A.J. Foyt won the 'Aggieland 250' USAC Stock Car race at Texas World Speedway. Foyt, driving a Chevrolet Camaro, took the checkered just under 3 seconds ahead of Freddy Fryar's Camaro. Among others in the 34 car field: Janet Guthrie and short track open wheel star Tom Bigelow in Armstrong Camaros and Neil Bonnett substituting for Bobby Allison in an AMC Matador (Allison was at Richmond for a NASCAR GN race).
Cale Yarborough wins the Richmond 400 over Bobby Allison at the Richmond International Raceway , Richmond, VA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jimmy Horton won the Modified Stock car feature and Billy Stief won the Super Sprint car feature at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway , Reading, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Tom Peck won the Late Model Stock Car feature and David Wilt won the Limited Late Model race at the Hagerstown Speedway , Hagerstown, MD. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jerry Cook won the Modified Stock car feature at the Hickory Speedway , Hickory, NC. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1989
Bob McCreadie won the DIRT-DIRT South Civil War Modified Stock Car race at the 85 Speedway , Ennis, TX. ( Click here for the race report. )
Doug Wolfgang won the USA / Alabama Sprint Nationals race at the East Alabama Motor Speedway , Phenix City, AL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Ron Shuman won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Raven Raceway , Tucson, AZ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bobby David Jr won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Silver Dollar Speedway , Chico, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jac Haudenschild won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Silver Dollar Speedway , Chico, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Kyle Petty won the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Late Model race at the DeSoto Speedway , Bradenton, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Randy Verhoest won the TQ Midget race at the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center , Niagara Falls, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
Smokey Snellbaker won the Super Sportsman race at the Silver Spring Speedway , Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1992
Norm Hall... Died ... He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1961, 1964, and 1965 seasons, with 17 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1961 and 1964. He finished in the top ten 8 times, with his best finish in 5th position twice in 1965, both at Trenton.
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1995
Dick Fraizer... Died ... AAA / USAC driver 1949 to 1956
Tony George announces the formation of the Indy Racing League.
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2001
Kevin Harvick wins the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 over Jeff Gordon at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
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2007
Jimmie Johnson won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR race over Jeff Gordon at Las Vegas International Speedway.
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