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1947
Lyn St. James... Born ... (born Sandra Lynn Eden) A retired professional IndyCar driver with 11 CART and 5 Indy Racing League starts to her name. She is just one of five women who successfully qualified for the Indianapolis 500, and became the first woman to win the Indy 500 Rookie Of The Year award. The inspiration for the name "St. James" came from actress Susan Saint James.
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1949
Rex Mays won the 30 lap Pacific Coast AAA Sprint Car race at the Carrell Speedway, Gardena, CA.
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1951
Wally Parks, Ak Miller and Marvin Lee create the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) in a booth in the Tam-O-Shanter restaurant in Los Angeles, California.
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1960
Rod Perry won the Modified race at the Palm Beach Speedway, West Palm Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Ed Van Eyk won the CJA Hot Rod race at the Gardena Stadium, Gardena, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Harry Crawford won the Southern Racing Association Midget race at the Kearney Bowl, Ftesno, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1966
Paul Godsmith drives a Plymouth Belvedere to victory in the 500 mile NASCAR race at Rockingham, North Carolina.
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1970
Larry Dickson won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Miami-Hollywood Speedway, Hollywood, FL.
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1977
Richard Petty drove his Dodge to a win in a wreck strewn NASCAR GN Carolina 500 in Rockingham, North Carolina. An asphalt sealer recently applied to the surface of the 1.017 mile North Carolina Motor Speedway led to many of the wrecks, none of which resulted in injury. Overall the yellow flew 11 times for 118 laps. Darrell Waltrip's DiGard Chevy finished 8 seconds behind Petty.
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1983
Richard Petty wins the Hodg. Car. 500 over Bill Elliott at the North Carolina Speedway , Rockingham, NC.
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1987
Marco Andretti... Born ... He is the son of 1991 IndyCar World Series champion Michael Andretti and the grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti. Andretti finished second in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 in the second closest finish in the race's history.
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1993
Gene Hartley... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from the 1950's and 60's. Gene was the 1959 USAC National Midget Series champion. Hartley was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1985. He ran the Indy 500 ten times with a best finish of 10th in 1957.
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1994
Ernie Irvan wins the Purolator 500 over Morgan Shepherd at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
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2002
Bayliss Levrett... Died ... AAA driver from 1949 to 1952
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2005
Jimmie Johnson won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR race over Kyle Busch at Las Vegas International Speedway.
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