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1927
Johnny Baldwin... Born ... USAC driver from the 1950's. Started racing midgets in 1946 & retired from driving in 1966.
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1939
John Martin... Born ... USAC driver from the 1970's & 80's.
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1947
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.
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1952
Bill Vukovich , driving the #45 Gerhardt Offy, won the AAA Midget race at the Phoenix Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
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1958
Len Sutton won his first USAC championship race, at Trenton, New Jersey, USA, driving the Central Excavating Kuzma dirt car.
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1959
Jim Reed from New York, showed why he was considered such a short track ace, as he started 20th after missing time trials, but drove his Ford through the field to take the win in the 200 lap NASCAR Grand National race on the flat, 1/4 mile paved Bowman-Gray Stadium oval in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Lee Petty finished 2nd in an Olds.
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1964
Marvin Panch drove the Wood Brothers Ford to a wire-to-wire win in the 200 lap NASCAR GN race on the 1/4 mile paved Bowman-Gray Stadium oval in Winston-Salem, NC. Panch became the 10th different winner in the 1964 season. It was the first start on a 1/4 mile since 1956 for Panch. Ned Jarrett finished second, 3/4 of a lap behind Panch, in the caution free event.
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1969
Cale Yarborough debuted the new Ford 'Boss' 429 c.i. engine, dominating the NASCAR GN 'Atlanta 500' in the Wood Brothers Mercury. The engine was not allowed at Daytona & Rockingham because sufficient numbers had not been delivered to Ford dealers. Yarborough led 308 of the 334 laps, beating David Pearson's Holman-Moody Ford by 3 seconds in a controversy plagued weekend. Pole winner Pearson, Buddy Baker, Bobby Isaac and Swede Savage had to start at the back after switching tire brands. Charlie Glotzbach ran over a jack, was penalized a lap, blasted NASCAR and quit the circuit. Pearson complained that debris left on the track caused a cut tire & spin, and 3rd finisher Paul Goldsmith complained that Pearson passed the pace car. The drivers sent to the back put on an early race charge: Baker from 37th to 9th in 10 laps, Isaac 38th to 2nd by lap 40 and Pearson from 40th to the lead on lap 55.
George Follmer drove a stock block V8 Chevy powered car to a stunning upset victory in the USAC Championship 'Jimmy Bryan 150' at Phoenix International Raceway. After earlier leaders Al Unser and Mario Andretti retired, Bobby Unser took the lead and built a big advantage until his engine blew on lap 122. Follmer then took over and went on to take the checkered flag 3 laps ahead of 2nd finisher Wally Dallenbach with Lloyd Ruby third.
Jerry "Scratch" Daniels won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, Reading, PA. Herman Wise finished second followed by Lee Kunzman, Bill Puterbaugh and Bob Pratt.
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1980
Dale Earnhardt won the Southeastern 500 over Darrell Waltrip at the Bristol Motor Speedway , Bristol, TN.
Lynn Paxton won the Super Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway , Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1995
Edgar Elder... Died ... AAA driver from the early 1950's.
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2003
Ryan Newman wins the Samsung/RadioShack 500 over Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the Texas Motor Speedway , Fort Worth, TX.
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2008
Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Cool Orange 500 at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Dave Darland won the Badger Midget Series race at the Amsoil Sandbox Arena at Cedar Lake Speedway , New Richmond, WI. ( Click here for the race report. )
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