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1900
Ray Keech ... Born ... He was a board and brick track racer in the 1920s. He is best remembered for winning the 1929 Indianapolis 500, and for setting a land speed record in the Triplex Spirit of Elkdom. This monster featured three 27-litre Liberty aero-engines! He died in a racing accident at the Altoona 200-Mile Race in 1929.
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1911
The Gates at Indianapolis Motor Speedway open for practice for the first Indy 500.
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1926
Harry Hartz drove a Miller to victory in a 300 mile AAA Championship race that inaugurated the 1.5 mile board Atlantic City Speedway in Amatol, New Jersey. Hartz averaged 134.19mph on the track that featured 45 degree banking in the turns and would wind up being the fastest of all the board tracks.
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1948
Bill Randall , driving the Randall #38, won the 25-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, PA.
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1949
Harry Eckert , driving the Eckert #4, won the 20-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 5/8 mile paved Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.
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1955
Mike Nazaruk... Died ... AAA driver He raced midget cars, sprint cars, and IndyCars. He was nicknamed "Iron Mike." He won the track championships at Staten Island, New York, and Rhinebeck, New York in 1947. He scored over twenty feature wins at Middletown, New York enroute to winning the 1948 track championship. Nazaruk was the 1949 American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) midget car champion. [1] The series tours the East Coast of the United States. Nazaruk joined the AAA in 1950. He won 14 national midget tour events, including the 1950 Night Before the 500, and the first midget car event at Terre Haute Action Track in 1953. He finished fifth in the 1954 National Midget car points. Nazaruk finished second in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1951. He competed in two more Indianapolis 500, including a fifth place finish in 1954. Nazaruk was killed in a AAA sprint car race at the tricky 1 mile circular dirt Langhorne Speedway on May 1, 1955 in Langhorne, PA.
Buck Baker drove his own Buick to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 3/4 mile dirt Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, NC.. Baker started 16th and drove well through the field to pull onto the rear bumper of Tim Flock. Baker stayed on the bumper of Flock's Kiekhaefer Chrysler for nearly 16 laps before making the winning pass on the 113th of the 133 lap race. On lap 41, pole winner and 2 time GN champ Herb Thomas flipped his Buick after hooking a rut. Thomas was thrown from the flipping car and suffered a broken leg, concussion, lacerated arm and shoulder injuries. Thomas was expected to be sidelined at least six months. The race was promoted by current Speedway Motorsports supremo Bruton Smith.
Bob Sweikert wins the AAA Sprint Car race over Eddie Sachs and Tony Bettenhausen at the Salem Speedway, Salem,IN
Charlie Musselmanwon the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Mike Magill, Johnny Thomson, Joe Sostillio and Jiggs Peters at the Langhorne Speedway,Langhorne, PA. Mike Nazaruk died in the race.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds,Shreveport, LA
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1959
Jiggs Peters won the ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA
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1960
Gib Orr wins the Super Modified race over Dale Johnson, Lou Blaney, Buddy Cochran and Ralph Quarterson at the Sharon Speedway,Hartford, OH
Bob Wente won the USAC Midget race at the New Bremen Speedway,New Bremen, OH
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1963
Graham Hill passed his rookie test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500.
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1964
LeeRoy Yarbrough drove to his first career NASCAR GN victory, winning the 'Savannah 200' on the 1/2 mile dirt Savannah Speedway in Savannah, Georgia. Jimmy Pardue won the pole, jumped out front and was holding a big lead when the rear end failed on his Burton-Robinson Plymouth on lap 137, giving the lead to Yarbrough. Yarbrough went on to take his Louis Weatherby Plymouth under the checkered flag a lap ahead of Marvin Panch's Wood Brothers Ford. Only 12 cars were on hand and only 8 were running at the finish of the 200 laps.
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1965
Ray Tilley, in the # 88 Bud Grimm Ford, won the Super Modified feature over Bobby Gerhart, Leroy Felty, Mitch Smith and Bob Foor, at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
Ed Zirkle won the Super Modified feature over Neil Haight, Bobby Ballentine, Dizzy Dean and Mert Stine, at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
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1966
Norm Nelson drove a Plymouth Belvedere to victory in the Yankee 300 stockcar race in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Wes Ferrand won the Super Modified feature over Kenny Weld, Jerry Weld, Ken Williams and Ray Lee Goodwin, at the Olympic Stadium, Kansas City,MO
Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Old Bridge Stadium, Old Bridge,NJ
Bobby Abel won the Super Modified feature over Bobby Gerhart, Lynn Paxton, Dick Tobias and Ray Tilley, at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
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1970
Ralph Quarterson won the Super Sprint Car feature over Paul Kekich at the Lernerville Speedway, Sarver,PA
Billy Cassella, in the # 35 Hawthorne Chevy, won the Super Sprint Car feature over Lee Osborne, Bobby Allen, Lynn Paxton and Johnny Grum, at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
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1971
Frank Brennfoerder won the Super Sprint Car feature over Dick Sutcliffe, Roger Rager and Ray Lee Goodwin, at the Beatrice Speedway, Beatrice,NE
Leroy Felty won the URC Sprint Car feature over Buck Buckley, Tom Price, Joe Tetz and Walt Bettler, at the Flemington Fair Speedway, Flemington,NJ
Bobby Hogle won the CRA Sprint Car feature over Don Hawley, Don Hamilton, Dick Zimmerman and Paul Jones, at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA
Kenny Weld won the Super Sprint Car feature over Hal Browning, Gus Linder, Irvin King and Jan Opperman, at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Mitch Smith , in the Gary Wasson # 5, wins the Super Sprint Car race over Lee Osborne, Bobbie Adamson, Jim Wilbur and Gene Varner at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA
George Snider wins the USAC Tony Hulman Classic Sprint Car race over Don Nordhorn, Sammy Sessions, Jim McElreath and Larry Cannon at the Terre Haute Action Track , Terre Haute,IN
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1976
Butch Wilkerson won the Super Sprint Car feature over Cliff Cockrum, Dick Gaines and Steve Kinser, at the Paragon Speedway, Paragon,IN
Jan Opperman wins the USAC Tony Hulman Classic Sprint Car race over Pancho Carter, Bubby Jones, Dana Carter and Bruce Walkup at the Terre Haute Action Track , Terre Haute,IN
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1977
Darrell Waltrip wins the Winston 500 over Cale Yarborough at the Talladega Superspeedway , Talladega, AL.
Ed Lynch won the Sprint Car feature over Rick Ferkel, Ed Murphy, Lou Blaney and Gus Linder, at the Tri-City Speedway, Franklin,PA
Bruce Walkup wins the USAC Sprint Car race over Rollie Beale, Greg Leffler, Bubby Jones and Tom Bigelow at the Sandusky Speedway, Sandusky,OH
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1981
Brad Doty won the Super Sprint Car feature over Rick Ungar, Buddy Cochran, Johnny Beaber and Bobby Allen, at the Sharon Speedway, Hartford,OH
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1982
Bubk Buckley won the URC Sprint Car feature over Dave Kelly, Kevin Collins, Paul Rochelle, Todd Rittenhouse and Fred Berger, at the Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport,NJ
Sammy Swindell won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature over Danny Smith, Rick Ferkel, Doug Wolfgang and Brad Doty, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield,IL
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1983
Richard Petty wins the Winston 500 over Benny Parsons at the Talladega Superspeedway , Talladega, AL.
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1988
Phil Parsons wins the Winston 500 over Bobby Allison at the Talladega Superspeedway , Talladega, AL.
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1994
Dale Earnhardt wins the Winston Select 500 over Ernie Irvan at the Talladega Superspeedway , Talladega, AL.
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2005
Jeff Gordon wins the Aaron's 499 over Tony Stewart at the Talladega Superspeedway , Talladega, AL.
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2006
Jimmie Johnson wins the Aaron's 499 over Tony Stewart at the Talladega Superspeedway , Talladega, AL.
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