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1893
Ira Vail... Born ... AAA driver from 1915 to 1928
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1945
Danny Oakes won the Turkey Night Grand Prix 75 AAA Midget race at the Gilmore Stadium,Hollywood, CA.
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1947
David "Salt" Walther ... Born ... A former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He also drove NASCAR stock cars, unlimited hydroplane boats, and was a car owner in USAC. He is the son of George Walther, owner of Dayton Steel Foundry, who fielded Indy 500 cars for Juan Manuel Fangio in 1958 and Mike Magill in 1959. His brother, George "Skipp" Walther III, was fatally injured while trying to qualify as an Unlimited driver at Miami, Florida, in 1974. David Walther was given the nickname "Salt" during his teen years while racing boats, and is one of only eight (8) unlimited hydroplane drivers to qualify for the Indy 500. Walther raced in the 1970-1981 seasons, with 64 combined career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 from 1972 to 1976, and 1978 to 1979. He finished in the top ten 16 times, with a best finish, four times, of 7th position.
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1956
Edgar Elder won the Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC Midget race over Johnnie Parsons, Rodger Ward, Jimmy Davies and Danny Oakes at the Gilmore Stadium ,Hollywood, CA.
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1959
Gene Force won the USAC Midget race at the Meyer Speedway, Houston,TX.
Rod Perry won the Modified Stock Car race over Ernie Reeves and Bobby Allison at the Hollywood Speedway, Hollywood,FL.
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1962
Jim Paschall drove a Petty Engineering Plymouth to victory in the NASCAR Grand National race at the Tar Heel Speedway in Randleman, North Carolina.
Billy Cantrell won the Turkey Night Grand Prix 150 USAC Midget race over Johnny Moorhouse, Mel Kenyon, Bob Tattersall and Mike McGreevy at the Ascot Park Speedway , Gardena, CA.
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1964
Lloyd Ruby won the Phoenix 200 USAC Championship Race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Rodger Ward finished second followed by Don Branson, Bud Tingelstad and Joe Leonard.
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1969
Billy Wilkerson won the CRA Sprint Car race over Jan Opperman, Colby Sroggin, Gary Ponzini and Jim Steele at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
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1970
Ronnie Sox becomes the first person to run 140 mph at the end of the 1/4-mile in an NHRA Pro Stock car when he runs 140.18 mph at Ontario, California.
Tom Bigelow won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Manzanita Speedway (1/4d) , Phoenix,AZ.
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1979
Ron Shuman won the Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC Midget race over Steve Lotshaw, Stan Fox, Ken Schrader and Bob East at the Ascot Park Speedway , Gardena, CA.
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1980
Bubby Jones won the CRA Sprint Car race over Rich Vogler, Mike Sweeney, Tony Simon and Jeff Swindell at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
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1981
Bobby Allison won the NASCAR Winston Cup Winston West. 500 over Joe Ruttman at the Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California.
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1984
Ron Shuman won the Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC Midget race over Rich Vogler, Sleepy Tripp, Tommy White and Mike Gregg at the Ascot Park Speedway , Gardena, CA.
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1986
Bubby Jones won the 50-lap Don Peabody Classic CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA. Eddie Wirth was second followed by Mike Sweeney, Ron Shuman, Brad Noffsinger and Lealand McSpadden.
Rick Bussell won the 40-lap Jolly Rancher Candies USAC Western States Midget race over Sleepy Tripp at the Baylands Raceway Park , Fremont,CA.
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1987
Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Winston Cup Atlanta Journal 500 over Dale Earnhardt at the Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jack Sprague won the 10th annual Florida Cracker 200 Late Model race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Joe Gaerte won the All Star Sprint Car race at the Dixie Speedway, Woodstock,GA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1990
Stan Fox won the last race ever held at the legendary Ascot, California, dirt track.
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