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1915
Barney Oldfield won the 103 mile Tucson Road Race in Tucson, Arizona. Oldfield averaged 67.2 mph in a Maxwell.
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1919
Bud Clemons... Born ... USAC driver from the 1950's
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1920
Bert Brooks... Born ... Eastern midget and sprint car driver from the 1940's, 50's and 60's. He was the United Racing Club (URC) Sprint car champion in 1954, 1956, 1957 and 1958.
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1928
Chuck Engle... Born ... Midwest sprint car driver from the 1960's.
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1942
Bill Engelhart... Born ... Former driver in USAC and the CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1980-1981 seasons, with 9 career starts, including an 11th in the 1980 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 4 times, with his best finish in 8th position in 1981 at Milwaukee. Bill was the USAC midget division Rookie of Year in 1969 with a 7th in the national points followed by a 6th place in 1970 and a 5th place in 71. He also placed 4th in both 73 and 74 and is 14th in all time USAC feature wins with 24. He won the Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix in 1971 & 1973. He was Inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1997.
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1949
Johnny Mantz won the 40 lap AAA Sprint Car race over Andy Linden, Manuel Ayulo and Red Amick at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix, AZ .
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1952
Geoff Brabham... Born ... An Australian racing driver. He is the son of three-time Formula One World Champion Jack Brabham. Brabham spent the majority of his racing career in the United States. He raced successfully in CART early in his career. In ten appearances in the Indianapolis 500, with a best result of fourth in 1983. His greatest source of success was in various forms of sports cars, winning four IMSA GTP titles (1988 - 1991) and one Can-Am championship (1981). He also won the 1993 Le Mans 24 hours, took two race victories in the International Race of Champions (1992 and 1993), both at Michigan and started in the Brickyard 400 Nascar race.
Jerry Unser won the Sportsman feature race at Honolulu Stadium in Hawaii.
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1955
Larry Crockett... Died ... AAA driver who ran the Championship series in 1954. He was killed in a sprint car accident at Langhorne Speedway.
Mike Nazaruk , driving the Nyquist #29, won the 25-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1 mile dirt Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, PA.
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1960
Don Branson won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Meyer Speedway, Houston, TX. ( Click here for the race report. )
Marvin Porter won the 50 lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race at the Ascot Stadium, Los Angeles, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1964
Parnelli Jones won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Tucson Motor Speedway, Tucson, AZ.
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1966
Dick Hutcherson won the NASCAR Grand National 'Southeastern 500' at Bristol International Speedway. David Pearson led most of the first 2/3 of the 500 lap race on the 1/2 mile paved oval before problems sent the Cotton Owens Dodge to the pits. By the time Pearson retired with a broken timing chain, Hutcherson had a 7 lap lead. Hutcherson eased the Holman-Moody Ford around the remaining laps, taking the flag 4 laps ahead of Paul Lewis' independent Plymouth. The Wood Brothers entered a Ford for Curtis Turner listed as a Fairlane, but with the front end of a Galaxie...it didn't pass tech inspection.
Jim McElreath drove a Ford powered Brabham to victory in the 150 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 mile paved Phoenix International Raceway.
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1977
Richard Petty wins the Atlanta 500 over David Pearson at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
James McElreath won the 50 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway, Salem, IN.
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1988
Dale Earnhardt wins the Motorcraft 500 over Rusty Wallace at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
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1992
Kenny Bernstein became the first drag racer to break 300 MPH in the quarter mile when he drove his Top Fuel Dragster 301.70 MPH in qualifications for the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.
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1993
Morgan Shepherd wins the Motorcraft 500 over Ernie Irvan at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
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2005
Carl Edwards wins the Golden Corral 500 over Jimmie Johnson at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
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2006
Kasey Kahne wins the Golden Corral 500 over Mark Martin at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
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2008
Al Hofmann ... Died ... Veteran NHRA Funny Car driver. Hofmann won 15 NHRA national events in just 32 final round appearances. Hofmann was a regular in the NHRA Drag Racing Series from 1991 through 1996 and raced on a more limited schedule through 2002.
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2011
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race over Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Paul Menard at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol TN.
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