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1910
Ralph Pratt... Born ... AAA driver from the 1940's and 50's. Inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1998.
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1915
Barney Oldfield won the Venice ( California) Grand Prix in a Maxwell. Oldfield averaged 68.3 mph for the 300 miles.
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1929
Tom Pistone... Born ... NASCAR driver from the 1950's and 60's
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1933
Dee Jones... Born ... USAC driver from the 1960's and 70's
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1950
Chip Mead... Born ... USAC / CART driver from the 1980's.
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1962
Tony Bonadies won the 100-lap ATQMRA TQ Midget race at the Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ. Jim Lacy finished second followed by Bruno Brackey, Len Duncan, Bobby Marvin, Don Stumpf, Jerry Wall, Bobby Albert, Pete Mourad, Jack Duffy, Ernie Borelli, Sonny Sanders and Mario Andretti.
Jack Smith won the first annual "St. Patrick's 200" NASCAR Grand National Stock Car race at the 1/2 mile clay Savannah Speedway, Savannah, GA. Cotton Owens was second followed by Joe Weatherly, Curtis Crider, Rex White, Tom Cox and Wendell Scott.
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1963
Fred Lorenzen drove a Holman-Moody Ford to a 1 lap win in the NASCAR Grand National Atlanta '500' on the 1.5 mile Atlanta International Raceway. Fireball Roberts took himself out of contention on lap 268, losing a lap when he spun his Pontiac in turn 2 after exiting the pits. Roberts edged fellow Pontiac driver Bobby Johns by two feet to take second.
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1968
David Pearson won the NASCAR GN 'Southeastern 500' at Bristol International Speedway, his first win since switching to the Holman-Moody Ford team 10 months earlier. Richard Petty's Plymouth finished second, 3 seconds behind Pearson.
Gordon Johncock took advantage of a late mistake by Bobby Unser to win the USAC Championship season opener, the 'California 200' at Hanford Motor Speedway. Johncock was running a distant 3rd with 14 laps to go when Unser went too hard into turn 1 in an effort to beat Roger McCluskey into the turn. Unser spun up the banking and 2nd running Art Pollard hit the wall trying to avoid. Unser restarted after losing a lap, but Pollard was out. Having been in a lengthy battle for the lead with both McCluskey and Pollard, Unser apparently wasn't aware that McCluskey had lost a lap after a recent stop for fuel. Joe Leonard escaped injury after his new Brawner-Ford hit the wall and burst into flames on lap 53. Unser won the pole in his turbocharged Offy powered Eagle with a speed of 155.709 mph on the 1.5 mile banked paved tri-oval. Sonny Ates and Gary Bettenhausen both made the starting field in upright dirt cars, as did a front engined roadster. It was Johcock's 2nd straight win at Hanford, both coming in the waning laps. In the Fall 1967 race, Pollard ran out fuel while leading and Leonard crashed with 3 laps left to give Johncock the win.
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1973
Jerry McClung won the 25-lap Arizona Racing Association Sprint Car race over Lealand McSpadden at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
Harvey Jones won the 30-lap Late Model race over Dave Barber and Willie Mayrand at the Lake City Speedway, Lake City, FL.
Wayne Shugart won the 40-lap NASCAR Late Model Sportsman race over Rance Phillips and David Ezell at the Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, FL.
Bobby Brack won the 75-lap Late Model race over Buddy Griffin and Randy Tissot at the Hialeah Speedway, Hialeah, FL.
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1974
Cale Yarborough took the lead on lap 191 and went on to win the NASCAR GN 'Southeastern 500' at Bristol International Speedway. Chevy swept the top 10, the first time in GN history that one make had taken the first 10 spots. Bobby Isaac continued his comeback with a second in Banjo Matthews' car and Benny Parsons was third. Richard Petty finished 23rd after being involved in a crash, but still only lost 10 points to Yarborough in the bizarre 1974 point system.
Mike Mosley, after starting last in the field, won the 150 mile USAC Championship race at FasTrack International Raceway. Mechanical trouble kept Mosley from setting a time in qualifying, so he started at the rear of the field. A.J. Foyt was leading when he stopped for fuel on lap 110, putting Mosley out front, where he stayed. Trailing Mosley's Agajanian Eagle-Offy were Bobby Unser and Foyt. It was Mosley's 2nd career Indy Car win and his first in three seasons.
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1979
Dub May won the Super Sprint Car race at Lincoln Speedway, Abbottstown, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Lynn Paxton won the Super Sprint Car race at Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1985
Bill Elliott won the Coca-Cola 500 over Geoffrey Bodine at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Sammy Swindell won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at Fairgrounds Speedway, Oklahoma City, OK. ( Click here for the race report. )
Keith Kauffman won the Super Sprint car race over Steve Siegel, Maynard Yingst, Frankie Kerr, Tighe Scott and Paul Lotier at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA.
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1989
Joey Gravino won the Super Sprint car race over Stevie Smith Jr, Kenny Jacobs, Kenny Adams, Dave Kelly and Jim Nace at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA.
Bobby Davis Jr won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Big H Speedway, Houston, TX. ( Click here for the race report. )
Steve Kinser won the opening round of the 14th annual Spring Nationals Sprint Car race at the Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX. ( Click here for the race report. )
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2002
Sterling Marlin won the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 over Elliott Sadler at the Darlington Raceway , Darlington, SC.
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