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1889
Tom Alley... Born ... AAA driver from 1913 to 1925. Alley was also a fine riding mechanic, most notably to Ralph de Palma.
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1924
Cotton Owens... Born ... NASCAR racer, team owner, and innovator.
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1927
Barney Oldfield drove a Hudson Super Six on a 1000-mile endurance run at Culver City, California.
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1935
Stubby Stubblefield... Died ... AAA driver from the 1930's Ran the Indy 500 from 1931 to 1934. His best finish was 5th in 1933. He was killed in a practice crash for the 1935 Indianapolis 500.
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1939
Tommy Hinnershitz ,in the Gerber #14, won the AAA sanctioned 40 lap Champ Car Race over Joie Chitwood, Bill Holland, Walt Brown, Buster Warke, Dan Goss and Henry Rogers on the 1/2 Mile Dirt Oval Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
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1942
Danny Ongais... Born ... A former racecar driver from the United States. Born in Kahului, Maui Island, Hawaii, he is the only native Hawaiian to compete at the Indianapolis 500. A motorcycle, sports car, Formula One, and drag racing competitor, in 1963 and 1964 Ongais won the American Hot Rod Association AA Gas Dragster Championship and in 1965 he added the National Hot Rod Association AA Dragster championship title. A flamboyant figure on the racing circuit, Danny's nickname was "On-Gas" for his 'balls to the wall' driving style. He was also known as the "Flyin'-Hawaiian". He ran in 11 Indy 500's with a best finish of 4th in 1979. In 1981 he had a horrible accident in Indy 500, which almost cost his life. Several arm and leg breaks as well as internal injuries were the result. In 1996 at the age of 54, Ongais agreed to be the substitute driver for Scott Brayton in the Indy 500 who had died in a practice crash shortly before the race. Starting last, Danny finished 7th in what was his final 500.
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1950
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
Duane Carter won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway, Salem, IN
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1954
Johnny Boyd won the AAA Midget race at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo,IN
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1961
Johnny Mackison won the Super Modified race over Johnny Dubendorf, PeeWee Pobletts, Gene Goodling and Ron Cranston at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA
Hank Arnold won the Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ
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1965
Ray Tilley, in the # 88 Bud Grimm Ford, won the Super Modified race over Don Kolar, Johnny Crawford, Gene Kohr and Willie Musselman at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
Dave Lundy won the Super Modified race over Steve Ungar, Steve Yost, Dick Bailey and Hank Jacoby at the Greater Pittsburgh Speedway, Pittsburgh,PA
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1966
Lynn Paxton won the Super Modified race at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Wib Spaulding won the Sprint Car race at the Tri-City Speedway, Granite City,IL
Hooker Hood won the Sprint Car race at the Redfield Speedway, Redfield,AR
RayLee Goodwin won the Sprint Car race over Kenny Weld at the Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City,KS
Bruce Walkup won the Sprint Car race at the Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon,CA
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1967
Gus Linder, in the Mickey Banas # 69, won the Super Sprint Car race over Ray Tilley, Bobbie Adamson, Bobby Gerhart and Don Kreitz at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
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1969
Lynn Paxton won the Sprint Car race over Bobby Allen, Hal Browning, Kenny Weld and Leroy Felty at the Hershey Stadium, Hershey,PA
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1970
Bobby Rahal, 17 years old, raced for the first time. At Harewood Acres in Ontario, Canada, he lapped the field of the first novice race of the day, but spun out.
Jan Opperman won the Super Sprint Car race over Kenny Weld, Tom Spriggle, Lee Osborne and Bobby Allen at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown,PA
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1971
Jan Opperman won the Super Sprint Car race over Smokey Snellbaker, Bobbie Adamson, Kenny Weld and Ray Tilley at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA
Bob Wente won the USAC Midget race over Billy Engelhart, Chuck Weyant, Merle Bettenhausen and Jim McClean at the Santa Fe Speedway, Chicago,IL
Bill Banick won the Sprint Car race over Frank Raiti, Ralph Quarterson, Ted Wise and Buddy Cochran at the Lernerville Speedway, Sarver,PA
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1978
Mario Andretti was the class of the field at the Belgian GP at Zolder after he put his Lotus on the Pole and took the win in a time of 1:39:52.
David Pearson wins the Mason-Dixon 500 over Cale Yarborough at the Dover International Speedway, Dover DE
Rich Vogler won the USAC Sprint Car race over Billy Engelhart, Pancho Carter, Johnny Parsons and Marvin Carman at the Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis,IN
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1983
Anthony Joseph Foyt Sr. father of the first man to win four Indy 500s, died of cancer.
Darrell Waltrip wins the Valleydale 500 over Bobby Allison at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
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1993
Warren Johnson made the first 195 mph NHRA Pro Stock 1/4-mile run when he ran a 195.05 mph pass in Englishtown, New Jersey.
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1994
Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indy 500 winner, announced his retirement.
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