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1918
Barney Oldfield, driving the "Golden Submarine" for Will Pickens, raced in his last competitive event, an IMCA sanctioned race on the dirt track in Independence, Missouri.
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1935
Kelly Petillo won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Billy Winn was second followed by Floyd Roberts, Frank Brisko and George Barringer.
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1946
Howard Wilcox ... Died ... AAA driver 1932 & 1933
Bill Holland won the AAA Grensboro Race 2 on the .5 Mile Dirt Oval Greensboro Agricultural Fairgrounds, Greensboro, North Carolina.
Cliff Griffith won the Sprint Car race at the Jungle Park Speedway,Rockville, IN.
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1951
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Lakewood Speedway (1.0d) , Atlanta, GA.
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1956
Russ Klar won the ARDC Midget race at the Freeport Speedway, Freeport,NY.
Bud Clemons won the USAC Midget race at the Orange Show Speedway, San Bernadino,CA.
Wayne Weiler won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
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1957
Tommy Hinnershitz won the USAC Eastern Sprint Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds, Reading,PA.
Pat O'Connor won the Joe James Memorial USAC Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway , Salem,IN.
Jiggs Peters won the ARDC Midget race at the Thompson Int. Speedway, Thompson,CT.
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1959
A.J. Shepherd won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, Shreveport,LA.
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1962
Johnnie Tolan won the USAC Midget race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
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1963
Cookie Osterhout won the URC Sprint Car race at the Marlboro Motor Raceway, Marlboro,MD. Jim Maguire was second followed by Earl Halaquist, Mario Andretti and Bill Brown.
Russ Klar and Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget feature races at the Thompson Int. Speedway, Thompson,CT.
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1964
Craig Breedlove drove his "Spirit of America" on the Bonneville Salt Flats to a new World Land Speed Record of 468.719 mph.
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1968
Ralph Quarterson won the Sprint Car race over Paul Kekich and Bill Wheeling at the Latrobe Speedway, Latrobe, PA.
Todd Gibson won the Supermodified race over Benny Rapp, Buzz Gregory, Sam Erwin and Doc Dawson at the Dayton Speedway, Dayton,OH.
Rollie Beale won the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial 100 USAC Sprint Car race over Greg Weld, Cy Fairchild, Bill Puterbaugh and Herman Wise at the Salem Speedway ,Salem, IN.
Johnny Coy won the ARDC Midget race at the Thompson Int. Speedway, Thompson,CT.
Dick Gaines won the Sprint Car race over Steve Cannon and Larry Cannon at the Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt,IN.
Ronnie Bucknam, driving the Weinberger Homes Eagle Offy, won the Michigan Inaugural 250 USAC Championship Car race at the 2-mile paved oval Michigan International Speedway. Mario Andretti was second followed by Mike Mosley, Mel Kenyon, Sonny Ates, Art Pollard, Sam Sessions, Larry Dickson, Bud Tingelstad and Jigger Sirois.
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1972
Larry Rice won the USAC Midget race over Billy Engelhart, Dave Strickland, Johnny Anderson and Mel Kenyon at the Speedway 117, Chula Vista,CA.
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1973
Buck Buckley won the URC Sprint Car race over Lee Osborne, Kramer Williamson, Carl Bergkvist and Bill Wentz at the Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport,NJ.
Earl Wagner won the Western World Sprint Car race over Bubby Jones, Gene Brown, Jan Opperman and Eddie Leavitt at the Manzanita Speedway , Phoenix, AZ.
Jimmy Boyd won the Gold Cup Sprint Car race over Gary Patterson and Johnny Anderson at the West Capital Raceway, West Sacramento, CA.
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1974
Johnny Mann won the NEMA Midget race at the Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk,MA. Ronnie Evans was second followed by Billy Hughes, Rich Vogler and Tom Steiner.
Billy Cassella won 2 races and Johnny Parsons won the other feature race in the USAC Sprint Car Triple 33s at the Winchester Speedway , Winchester,IN.
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1978
Robert Smith won the Sprint Car race at the DeSoto Super Speedway, Bradenton,FL.
Sammy Swindell won the World of Outlaws Western World preliminary Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway , Phoenix, AZ. Lealand McSpadden was second followed by Roger Rager, Jack Hewitt and Jimmy Oskie.
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1979
Larry Bell won the Sprint Car race at the Big H Motor Speedway,Houston,TX.
Keith Kauffman won the John Draucker/Dick Tobias Memorial Super Sprint Car race at the Flemington Fair Speedway, Flemington,NJ. Stan Ploski was second followed by Jay Myers, Leroy Felty and Allen Klinger.
Tim Green won the World of Outlaws Western World Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway , Phoenix, AZ. Steve Kinser was second followed by Ron Shuman, Johnny Anderson and Lee James.
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1984
Dean Thompson won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA. Eddie Wirth was second followed by Mike Sweeney, Bob East and Bubby Jones.
Sammy Swindell won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville,IA. Rocky Hodges was second followed by Shane Carson, Brad Doty and Tim Green.
Steve Smith won all four Quadruple 15 Super Sprint Car races at the Lincoln Speedway , Hanover,PA.
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1988
Steve Kinser won the World of Outlaws race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena, CA. Sammy Swindell finished second followed by Brent Kaeding, Tim Green, Cris Eash, Bobby Davis Jr., Dave Blaney, Mark Kinser, Ron Shuman and Lealand McSpadden.
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1989
Fred Agabashian... Died ... Born in Modesto, California, Frederik was the son of a genious mathematician, and just like his sisters, he wanted to become famous. While they became singers, Fred choose to race. The colorful Armenian with the big smile and terrific personality began racing cars while in his teens. He won his first midget championship in 1937 with the Northern California Racing Association against such drivers as Duane Carter, Lynn Deister, and Paul Swedberg. Driving for Jack London, Freddie captured the BCRA crown in 1946, then switched to the George Bignotti racing team in 1947. He was almost unbeatable for the next two years and captured the BCRA title twice more in 1947 and 1948. Agabashian did not limit his driving abilities to midgets. He won in big cars and stock cars as well which earned him a ride at Indianapolis for the 1947 race. He competed at Indy on eleven occasions and is best remembered for his pole winning effort in 1952 in the unique Cummins Diesel. His best finish at Indianapolis came the next year when he placed 4th with relief from Paul Russo. After his retirement, Agabashian did color commentary for the 500 Radio Network. Agabashian was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
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2001
Tony Stewart won the USAC Worldcom Midget race and Tracy Hines won the USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car race at the South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Mike Ewanitsko won the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series race at the Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Greg Coverdale won the URC Sprint Car race at the New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Brendan Gaughan won the NASCAR Winston West Stock Car race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV. ( Click here for the race report. )
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2002
Jamie McMurray won the NASCAR Winston Cup UAW-GM Quality 500 over Bobby Labonte at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, NC.
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2005
Wayne Weiler ... Died ... Weiler started as a dirt track driver in Arizona in 1951. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series from 1958 to 1961 with 19 starts. He finished in the top ten 10 times, with his best finish in 3rd position, in 1960 at Phoenix. Weiler competed in the Indianapolis 500 race in 1960 and 1961, with a best finish of 15th in 1961. Weiler retired from USAC driving following a severe accident in a sprint car race in Terre Haute, Indiana on June 11, 1961. He remained active as an owner and manager in auto racing up until his death.
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2007
Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bank of America 500 over Clint Bowyer at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, NC.
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