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1925
Eddie Russo ... Born ... A retired American racecar driver. Russo won the midget car racing track championship Raceway Park in Chicago in 1950. Russo raced in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series in the 1952-1957 and 1960 seasons, with 21 career starts, including 3 times in the Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 5 times, with his best finish in 1955 at Langhorne. His father, Joe Russo, and his uncle, Paul Russo, also raced in the Indianapolis 500.
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1954
Spike Gehlhausen ... Born ... A former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He raced in 11 seasons (1975-1982 and 1984-1986), with 79 combined career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1976, 1978-1980, and 1984. He finished in the top ten 15 times with his best finish in 4th position in 1980 at Ontario.
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1961
Al Keller... Died ... Keller participated in the NASCAR "Strictly Stock"/"Grand National" (predecessors to the current NEXTEL Cup) series from 1949 to 1956 with 29 career starts. He won two races during the 1954 season and is the only driver in the history of NASCAR's top division to have won a race in a foreign-built car, winning the 1954 Grand National road-race at the Linden Airport in New Jersey, driving a Jaguar. In 1954 Keller began a transition to champ cars. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1954-1959 and 1961 seasons with 32 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in all but the first of those years. He finished in the top ten 13 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1956 at Atlanta and in 1961 at Milwaukee. His best Indy finish was 5th in 1961. Keller died as a result of injuries sustained in a champ car crash at the Arizona State Fairgrounds track.
Parnelli Jones won the USAC sanctioned Bobby Ball Memorial Race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona. Rodger Ward finished second followed by Don Branson, Jim McElreath and Cotton Farmer.
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1966
Larry Dickson , in the Ken Brenn # 24 Offy, won the USAC Midget race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix,AZ.
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1967
Mario Andretti won the Phoenix 200 USAC Championship Race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Al Unser finished second followed by Bobby Unser, Gordon Johncock and Lloyd Ruby.
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1973
Mike Salay ... Died ... AAA driver from the 1940's and 1950's.
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1977
Jimmy Oskie won the Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA. Doug Wolfgang was second followed by Steve Howard, Ron Shuman and Mike Shaw.
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1978
Bobby Allison won the NASCAR Winston Cup L.A. Times 500 over Cale Yarborough at the Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, California.
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1980
Jack Hart ...Died ... New Jersey NASCAR Sportsman Stock Car driver from the 1950's and 60's.
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1983
Steve Kinser won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway (1/2d) , Gardena,CA. Ron Shuman was second followed by Dean Thompson, Gary Howard and Rendy Boldrini.
Sammy Swindell won the Super Sprint Car race at the Devil's Bowl Speedway, Dallas,TX. Ron Shuman was second followed by Tim Gee, Bobby Davis Jr and Shane Carson.
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1988
Ron Shuman won the Don Peabody Classic CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway (1/2d) , Gardena,CA. Eddie Wirth was second followed by Lealand McSpadden, Jerry Meyer and Mike Sweeney.
Kevin Olson won the USAC Midget race at the Baylands Raceway Park, Fremont,CA. Rusty Rasmussen was second followed by P.J. Jones, Dave Strickland Jr and Tommy Astone.
Rusty Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup Atlanta Journal 500 over Davey Allison, and Bill Elliott was crowned the 1988 Winston Cup Champion at the Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA.
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1989
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Atlanta Journal 500 over Geoffrey Bodine at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA. Chattanooge. TN driver Grant Adcox died from an accident on lap 203.
Jimmy Horton won the 100-lap Modified Stock Car race at the Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
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2000
Jerry Nadeau won the NASCAR Winston Cup NAPA 500 over Dale Earnhardt at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA.
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2001
Bruce Craig... Died ... He was a self-employed auto racing photographer, videographer, and historian who was well known throughout the United States. His photography collections on auto racing, numbering some 86,000 negatives, could be compared to those of Mathew Brady on the Civil War. In addition to taking photos he was very adept at acquiring outstanding collections. He was a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, and of the Williams Grove Oldtimers; an organization dedicated to preserving auto racing. He was a longtime and active member of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in Dillsburg, Pa. He was a member of numerous historic racing organizations.
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2006
Greg Biffle won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Ford 400 over Martin Truex Jr. at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL.
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2010
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200 over Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter, Todd Bodine and Aric Almirola at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL.
Johnny Herrera won the 25-lap Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National feature during the 43rd annual Kronik Energy Drink Western World Championship at the USA Raceway in Tucon, AZ. Danny Lasoski was second followed by Joey Saldana, Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart, Tim Kaeding, Kyle Larson, Roger Crockett, Brian Brown and Lucas Wolfe.
Robert Ballou won the 25-lap second night feature of the ASCS Canyon Region wingless 43rd annual Kronik Energy Drink Western World Championship at the USA Speedway in Tucson, AZ. Chris Windom was second followed by Steve Sussex, Jerry Coons Jr., Levi Jones, Brady Bacon, Chris Bonneau, Bryan Swinehart, Casey Shuman and Thomas Ogle.
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