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1926
Marvin Panch ... Born ... NASCAR stockcar driver
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1927
Eddie Sachs ... Born ... He was known as the "Caped Crusader of Auto Racing" and "Clown Prince of Auto Racing" for his personality at the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. He was the father of race car driver and NASCAR car owner Eddie Sachs, Jr. His career included eight USAC Championship Trail wins, 25 top-five finishes in 65 career AAA and USAC starts, including the 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Championship. He won consecutive pole positions (1960-1961) for the Indianapolis 500, finishing second in 1961 for his best finish. Sachs and sports car driver and Indy rookie Dave MacDonald were killed on the second lap of the 1964 Indianapolis 500 in a fiery crash involving seven cars.
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1929
Bob Cleberg ... Born ... IMCA & USAC driver from the 1950's & 60's
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1933
Bob Wente ... Born ... USAC driver from the 1950's into the 1970's
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1954
Bill Eldridge won the NEMA Midget race at the Medford Bowl, Medford,MA
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1955
Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown,PA
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1958
Frank Burany won the USAC Midget race at the Blue Island, Chicago, IL
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1960
Ronnie Duman won the Little 500 Sprint Car race over Parnelli Jones at the Anderson Speedway , Anderson,IN
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1961
A.J. Foyt won the USAC Sprint Car race over Chuck Hulse, Bob Cleberg, Mickey Shaw and Elmer George at the Indianapolis Raceway Park (5/8d), Indianapolis, IN
Colby Scroggin won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, Shreveport,LA
Ernie McCoy won the ARDC Midget race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove, PA
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1965
Mel Kenyon won the USAC Midget race at the Muncie Motor Speedway, Muncie,IN
Johnny Moorhouse won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Orange Show Stadium, San Bernardino, CA.
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1966
Rollie Beale won the Little 500 Sprint Car race over Bill White, Jerry Richert, Ray Elliott and Tom York at the Anderson Speedway , Anderson,IN
Bob Tattersall won the USAC Midget race at the Baer Field Speedway, Fort Wayne,IN
Earl Halaquist won the Don Gillette Memorial URC Sprint Car race at the Fonda Speedway , Fonda, NY
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1967
Mitch Smith won the Super Sprint Car race over Johnny Hubbard, Elmer Ruby and Mert Stine at the Hagerstown Speedway , Hagerstown, MD
Johnny Coy won the ARDC Midget race over Dutch Schaefer, Russ Klar, Jerry Wall and Roger Bailey at the Wall Township Speedway, Belmar,NJ
Bob Wente won the USAC Sprint Car race over Greg Weld, Karl Busson, Rollie Beale and Bob Pratt at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN
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1972
Buddy Baker drove a Petty Enterprises Plymouth to victory in the World 600 NASCAR stockcar race at Charlotte, North Carolina.
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1973
Salt Walther and 11 spectators are injured in a nasty crash at the start of the Indy 500. The race restart is delayed by rain. It would resume Wednesday, May 30th an won by Gordon Johncock.
Roger Rager won the Sprint Car race at the Belleville Speedway, Belleville, KS. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1978
Al Unser won the Indianapolis 500
Darrell Waltrip won the World 600 over Donnie Allison at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
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1979
Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500
Tom Bigelow won the USAC Sprint Car race over Greg Leffler, Lennie Waldo, Chuck Gurney and Jeff Bloom at the Dayton Speedway,Dayton, OH.
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1985
Bud Clemons... Died ... USAC driver from the 1950's
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1989
Emerson Fittipaldi won the Indy 500 with a thrilling ending . Al Unser Jr. took the lead from Fittipaldi and appeared to be well on his way to his first victory at the Brickyard. Fittipaldi, however, caught Unser in traffic on the second-to-last lap. As the two blazed into Turn 3 neck and neck, their cars converged, and Unser's spun and crashed into the concrete wall. Fittipaldi cruised to victory with ease, while Unser, uninjured from his crash, ran to the track's edge and applauded his triumphant teammate.
Darrell Waltrip won the Coca-Cola 600 over Sterling Marlin at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
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1995
Jacques Villeneuve became the first Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500. Because of a 2-lap penalty for passing the pace car, he covered 505 miles to get the win. Also in this race, Honda became the first Japanese engine to participate in the 500.
Bobby Labonte won the Coca-Cola 600 over Terry Labonte at Charlotte, North Carolina, for his first NASCAR Winston Cup victory.
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2000
Juan Montoya dominated this Indy 500 by leading 167 of the 200 laps and winning for Chip Ganassi Racing. He was the first Rookie to win the coveted event since Graham Hill did it in 1966.
Matt Kenseth won the Coca-Cola 600 over Bobby Labonte at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
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2006
Sam Hornish Jr. beat out the rookie Marco Andretti by 0.0635 of a second to win the Indianapolis 500
Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 over Jimmie Johnson at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
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