Jack Tower... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1900's.
Louis LeCocq ... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1900's.
Cale Yarborough... Born ... A businessman and former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and owner. He was the first driver in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships. He had 83 wins on the all-time NASCAR winner's list. In 1984, he became the first driver to qualify for the Daytona 500 with a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour. He also raced in 4 Indy 500's with a best finish of 10th in 1972.
Maurice Petty ... Born ... A former NASCAR driver from Randleman, NC. He was the chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises and the lead mechanic for brother Richard Petty. In his driving career, Petty competed in twenty-six Nextel Cup Series events and earned sixteen top-tens. His best finish was a 3rd at Spartanburg in 1961.
Bill Holland , driving the Malamud #29, won the 20-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1 mile dirt Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, GA.
Cal Niday won the AAA Midget race at the Gardena Stadium, Gardena, CA.
Lee Petty spun Junior Johnson from the lead with 14 laps to go and won the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 5/8 mile paved North Wilkesboro Speedway (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina). After the race, Petty was pelted with rocks, bottles and other things by the crowd, heavily partisan to Johnson. Petty grabbed the microphone and pleaded his case, only to be pelted again. Petty's 49th career GN win moved him past Herb Thomas to become the career wins leader at the time. ( Click here for the race report. )
Elmer Musgrave won the 100-mile Late Model Stock Car race at the Lakewood Speedway, Atlanta, GA. Clyde Parker finished second followed by Paul Wensick, Nelson Stacy, James Norton, Don White, Harold Smith, Iggy Katona, Bill Cheesbourg and Earl Balmer
Bob Hamilton won both 25-lap TQ Midget races at the indoor State Fair Coliseum, Columbus, OH.
Jim Hurtubise used an opportune yellow to win the NASCAR GN 'Atlanta 500' at Atlanta International Raceway. Richard Petty dominated the early stages, but blew a motor to set up a duel between Hurtubise and Fred Lorenzen. The duo swapped the lead 4 times within the last 100 miles. Shortly after Lorenzen made his final pit stop under green, a yellow allowed Hurtubise to stop his Norm Nelson Plymouth under caution. Hurtubise gained a lap advantage that he held to the finish, with Lorenzen second in a Holman-Moody Ford.
Jud Larson won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, Reading, PA. Red Riegel was second followed by Arnie Knepper, Roger McCluskey and Mario Andretti.
Cale Yarborough, After he wrecked his primary race car in practice, drives a "show car" to victory in the NASCAR Winston Cup stockcar race at Atlanta, Georgia.
Al Unser drove past brother Bobby with 10 laps left and went on to win the USAC Championship 'Jimmy Bryan 150' at Phoenix International Raceway. Bobby Unser won the pole at 132.304 mph and the race quickly settled in, with Bobby leading and Al pressuring from 2nd. Al briefly led during a rapid yellow-greenyellow exchange, but Bobby quickly regained the lead and appeared headed for the win when a wheel weight fell off the right front wheel of his Eagle with only 10 laps to go. Al zipped by and went on to cross the line first as Bobby fought the ill handling car to 2nd. Al's win made him 3 for 3 in the 1971 Indy Car season, having taken both races at Rafaela, Argentina in February.
Johnny Rutherford drove his Cosworth powered McLaren to victory in a contentious USAC Championship 'Jimmy Bryan 150' at Phoenix International Raceway. Gordon Johncock outjumped Rutherford on the start and led as Rutherford's car sported mist, leading to a lap 22 black flag for inspection. Rutherford returned to the race, benefitting from yellow flags to keep in contention. The mist continued, both from the back of Rutherford's McLaren and from the cockpit of A.J. Foyt's Coyote after Foyt tried repeatedly to pass Rutherford, who refused to yield even when repeatedly shown the move over flag. Foyt angrily gestured at Rutherford's car while passing under starter Shim Malone's flagstand (the mist from Rutherford's car was later determined to be caused by fuel overflow). Rutherford came up to challenge Johncock on lap 93, making an attempt to pass high exiting turn 4. Johncock held off the challenge only to have Rutherford make a move on the outside exiting turn 2. Contact with the right rear of Johncock's car sent it spinning through the dogleg and out through the opening for the road course. Rutherford continued on unimpeded while Johncock lost four laps while his car was pulled from the sand. Johncock wound up in front of Rutherford and chopped across JR's line exiting turn 2, forcing Rutherford to stomp on the brakes to avoid collision. Rutherford went on to take the win ahead of Foyt, but that was just the beginning. Foyt stepped from his car and headed toward Rutherford before Johncock stopped him. Foyt then stomped down pit road to the Team McLaren pits where he grabbed team manager Tyler Alexander by the shirt while voicing his feelings. Later, while Rutherford was being interviewed in the press trailer, Johncock asked to talk with him. The two went into a corner of the trailer where the exchange quickly escalated into raised voices. Rutherford returned to the press conference, where comments led to Johncock lunging in, punching Rutherford in the nose and telling Rutherford "next time, I'll put you over the wall." The incident led to fines.
Cale Yarborough wins the Gwyn Staley 400 over Richard Petty at the North Wilkesboro Speedway , North Wilkesboro, NC.
Cale Yarborough wins the Coca-Cola 500 over Neil Bonnett at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
Joe Garson... Died ... AAA driver from the early 1950's.
Lake Speed wins the TranSouth 500 over Alan Kulwicki at the Darlington Raceway , Darlington, SC.
Dale Earnhardt wins the TranSouth 400 over Mark Martin at the Darlington Raceway , Darlington, SC.
Kevin Harvick won the Sprint Cup Series race at the Auto Club Speedway , Fontana, CA. Jimmie Johnson was second followed by Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne and Jaun Pablo Montoya.
Dario Franchitti won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg IZOD IndyCar race at the St. Petersburg road/street course , St. Petersburg, FL. Will Power was second followed by Tony Kanaan, Simona de Silvestro, Takuma Sato, Alex Taglinai, Raphael Matos, Vitor Meira, Oriol Servia, Justin Wilson, JR Hildebrand and Danica Patrick.