Chuck Stevenson... Born ...Chuck drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1949-1954, 1960-1961 and 1963-1965 seasons with 54 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1951-1954, 1960-1961, and 1963-1965. He finished in the top ten 37 times, with 4 victories, 2 of them coming in the 1952 season when he won the AAA National Championship. Stevenson also raced in two NASCAR events -- one in 1955 and one in 1956, picking up a win at Willow Springs Raceway in 1955 driving a Ford. The race he entered in to in 1955 was driving a car owned by Indy winner Pete DePaolo.
Chris Economaki ... Born ... Racing journalist, TV commentator and Publisher of National Speed Sport News.
Emil Andres won the AAA sanctioned Race of Champions on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Mauri Rose was second followed by Floyd Davis and Lou Webb.
Duke Dinsmore won the AAA sanctioned Golden State 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. Bill Schindler was second followed by Henry Banks, Chuck Stevenson and Fred Agabashian.
Jimmy Daywalt won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway, Salem, IN.
Jackie McLaughlin won the URC Sprint Car race over Lou Johnson at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds,Winston-Salem, NC.
Jimmy Davies won the USAC Midget race at the Gardena Stadium, Gardena,CA.
Don Davis won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix,AZ.
Parnelli Jones won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Indianapolis Raceway Park (5/8p), Indianapolis, IN.
Dick Tobias won the Super Modified race over Johnny Mackison, Lorenz Alwine, Neil Haight and Jackie McLaughlin at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
Craig Breedlove became the first man to drive 500 mph when he set a new World Land Speed Record of 526.277 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in his "Spirit of America". He crashed and wrecked the jet car at the end of the second run when his brakes failed. When the dust cleared, Breedlove emerged shaken from the vehicle as the not-so-proud record-holder for the longest skid marks ever recorded. Nevertheless, Breedlove, who already held the land-speed record, did manage to break the 500 mph speed barrier that year, just as he had broken the 400 mph barrier the year before, and just as he would surpass 600 mph in the year following.
George Snider won the USAC Midget race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA.
Bob Huebner won the Don Davis Memorial Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway (1/2d) , Phoenix, AZ.
Buddy Baker scored his first NASCAR Grand National victory when he won The National 500 Grand National (NASCAR) race Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ray Tilley won the Super Sprint Car race over Bobby Gerhart, Kenny Weld, Mitch Smith and Ted Wise at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
Sonny Ates won 2 and Larry Dickson won the other feature race in the Triple 33s USAC Sprint Car races at the Dayton Speedway , Dayton,OH.
Steve Kinser won the World of Outlaws race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena, CA. Dave Blaney finished second followed by Sammy Swindell, Tim Green, Brent Kaeding, Mark Kinser, Bobby Davis Jr., Ron Shuman, Cris Eash and Lealand McSpadden.
Joe Gaerte won the All Star Circuit of Championship Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH.
Stevie Smith won the Sprint Car race at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, PA. Keith Kauffman finished second followed by Fred Rahmer, Garry Gollub, Bobby Allen, Donnie Kreitz Jr., Dan Dietrich, Jim Nace, MeMe DeSantis and Johnny Mackison Jr.
Tony Ferrante Jr won the Modified Stock Car race at the Wall Stadium, Wall Township, NJ. Doug Wolcott finished second followed by Jerry Cranmer, Gil Hearne, Tony Siscone, Lenny Boyd, Eddie Bohn, Ed Lilly, Rick Sendzik and Joe Merlino.
Geoffrey Bodine won the NASCAR Winston Cup Holly Farms 400 over Mark Martin at the North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, NC.
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Winston 500 over Kenny Wallace at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.