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1951
Roy Newman won the AAA Midget race at the Layfayette Stadium, Layfayette, IN.
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1956
Leon Duray... Died ... AAA driver from the 1920's and 1930's.
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1957
Buzz Barton won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Newport Fairgrounds, Newport,TN
A.J. Foyt won the USAC Midget race at the Olympic Stadium, Kansas City,MO
George Fonder won the ARDC Midget race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
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1961
Tony Bettenhausen ... Died ... AAA / USAC driver from 1941 to 1961. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1941 and 1946-1961 seasons with 121 starts, including 14 in the Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 74 times, with 21 victories. He won the National Championship in 1951 after recording eight victories and two second place finishes in fourteen events. He announced his retirement from all racing but the Indianapolis 500 after the season. He decided to return full-time for the 1954 season. He was involved in a midget car wreck in Chicago. He suffered head injuries after striking a concrete wall. He was in critical condition for several days. He prearranged to co-drive with Chicago Gang friend Paul Russo in the 1955 Indianapolis 500. They finished second. In 1958 he became the only driver to win the national championship without a win. He was assured the title with a second place finish at Phoenix. He finished second in the national championship to Rodger Ward in 1959. Bettenhausen was killed in 1961 in a crash at Indianapolis while testing a car for Paul Russo. Bettenhausen was the father of three racing sons Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. and Merle Bettenhausen.
Gib Orr won the Super Modified race over Lou Blaney, Bobbie Adamson, Jim Seese and Ernie Lowe at the Greater Pittsburgh Speedway, Pittsburgh,PA
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1962
Nelson Stacy won the final NASCAR Convertible race at the Darlington International Raceway.
Colby Scroggin won the CRA Sprint Car race over Allen Heath, Buzz Rose, Billy Cantrell and Dee Jones at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA
Tony Bonadies won the ARDC Midget race at the Westboro Speedway, Westboro, MA
Bob Malzahn won the Modified Stock Car race at the Flemington Fairgrounds Speedway, in Flemington NJ. Malzahn just nosing out Al Tasnady for the win at the checker.
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1963
Allen Crowe, in the Iddings # 93, won the USAC Sprint Car race over Chuck Hulse, Al Miller, Roger McCluskey and Zeke Ingland at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg,OH
Mack Clingan won the Super Modified race over Jim Seese and Steve Ungar at the Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH
Ray Tilley won the Super Modified race over Leroy Felty, Neil Haight, Gene Goodling and Roger Sowers at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA
Bill Randall won the ARDC Midget race at the Tioga Motorsports Park, Owego,NY
Johnny White won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Tom McClellan, Jim Nelson, Gordon Woolley and Al Smith at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN
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1967
Kenny Weld won the Super Sprint Car race over Rick Schmelyun, Bobby Allen, Lynn Paxton and Bob Tester at the Dorsey Speedway, Dorsey,MD
Len Duncan won the ARDC Midget race at the Hershey Stadium, Hershey,PA
Gus Linder, in the Mickey Banas # 69, won the Super Sprint Car race over Mitch Smith, Bobbie Adamson, Jim Sheaffer and Paul Miller at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
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1968
Bob Wente won the USAC Midget race over Joh Tenney, Les Scott, Mel Cornett and Dave Strickland at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen,OH
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1970
Denny Hulme sustained second and third degree burns to his hands and feet during a cockpit fire in his McLaren during practice for the Indy 500.
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1972
Johnny Coy won the ARDC Midget race over Hank Rogers Jr and Russ Klar at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta,NY
Jan Opperman won the Super Sprint Car race over Paul Pitzer, Lynn Paxton, Gus Linder and Buddy Cochran at the Bedford Speedway, Bedford,PA
Ralph Quarterson won the Sprint Car race over Lou Blaney, Ted Wise, Frank Raiti and Paul Kekich at the Lernerville Speedway, Sarver,PA
Bobbie Adamson, in the Al Hamilton # 77, won the Super Sprint Car race over Kenny Weld, Mike Lloyd, Lee Osborne and Steve Smith at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
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1973
Art Pollard ... Died ... He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1965-1973 seasons, with 84 career starts, including the 1967-1971 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 30 times, with 2 victories, both in 1969, at Milwaukee and Dover. Pollard died in Indianapolis, Indiana as a result of injuries sustained in practice for the 1973 Indianapolis 500.
Jan Opperman, in the Bogar # 99, won the Super Sprint Car race over Lee Osborne, Mike Lloyd, Tom Spriggle and Dick Tobias at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA
Johnny Grum won the Super Sprint Car race over Elmer Ruby, Paul Pitzer, Ed Zirkle and Gary Howsare at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal,PA
Jim Edwards won the Super Sprint Car race over Steve Smith, Kenny Weld, Dub May and Jay Myers at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Jim Shampine won the Super Modified race over Baldy Baker, Warren Coniam, Jim Cheney and Ernie Rowe at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego,NY
Lee Kunzman won the USAC Sprint Car race over Billy Engelhart, George Snider, Sammy Sessions and Bruce Walkup at the Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis,IN
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1979
Cale Yarborough won the Music City 420 over Richard Petty at the Nashville International Raceway , Nashville , TN
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1984
Darrell Waltrip won the Coors 420 over Neil Bonnett at the Nashville International Raceway , Nashville , TN
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2000
Adam Petty ... Died ... The son of Kyle Petty, he was widely expected to become the next great Petty, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather Richard, and great-grandfather Lee. He was the first fourth generation athlete in all of of sports to participate in the chosen profession of his generations. On May 12, 2000, Petty was practicing his Busch Series car at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire for the next day's 200-lap event when the throttle of his car stuck and sent him head-on into a wall. The impact killed Petty immediately.
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