Nick Fornoro Sr... Born ... Nick was the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) driving champion in 1950, and he was the first NASCAR Midget driving champion in 1953. After retiring, he went on to be one of the best starters (flaggers) ever, starting out here in the Northeast and eventually ending up as the flagger for two hundred consecutive Championship Auto Racing Teams Indy Car Series races (CART), serving in that position from 1979 to 1992. In 1993 he was the honorary starter for the Indianapolis 500.
Larry Crockett... Born ... AAA driver who ran the Championship series in 1954. He was killed in a sprint car accident at Langhorne Speedway on March 20, 1955.
Tim Flock scored his first stockcar win, at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tommy Mattson won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds,Raleigh, NC.
Johnny Mantz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA.
Earl Motter won the AAA Midget race at the Kearney Bowl, Fresno, CA.
Pete Folse won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, Shreveport,LA.
Parnelli Jones, in the #51 Fike Plumbing Special, won the USAC Sprint Car race over A.J. Foyt at the Meyer Speedway, Houston,TX.
Hal Minyard won the 100 lap CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway (1/2d) , Gardena, CA.
Dick Atkins won the USAC sanctioned Golden State 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. Chuck Hulse was second followed by Larry Dickson, Don Branson and Bobby Unser.
Alex Zanardi ... Born ... An Italian racing driver. He won two CART championship titles in North America during the late 1990s. He also had a less successful career as a Formula One driver. More recently, he has attracted widespread praise for his return to competition in the aftermath of a crash in 2001 that resulted in the amputation of his legs. As of 2008, he competes in the FIA World Touring Car Championship for BMW Team Italy-Spain.
Larry Dixon ...Born ... NHRA Top Fuel driver.
Gary Gabelich, driving the Blue Flame, set at new Land Speed Record of 622.407 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
A.J. Foyt won the Bobby Ball Memorial 150 USAC Championship Race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. Roger McCluskey finished second followed by Billy Vukovich Jr, Mario Andretti and Gary Bettenhausen.
Ralph Mulford... Died ... AAA driver 1910 to 1926.
Donnie Allison won the NASCAR Winston Cup American 500 at the North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, NC. Richard Petty was second followed by Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, Richard Brooks, Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons, Skip Manning and Janet Guthrie.
Gary Balough won the 16th annual Eastern States 200 Modified Stock Car race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY. Kevin Collins was second followed by Sammy Beavers, Don Kreitz, Jimmy Horton Jr, Buzzie Reutimann, Mike Grbac, Billy Osmun, Carl Van Horn and Dave Leckonby.
Steve Smith, driving the Fletchers #66, won the Super Sprint Car race at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover, PA. Van May was second followed by Chuck Reinert, Cris Criswell, Bobby Weaver, Rick Ferkel, Bobby Allen, Dan Dietrich and Dave Kelly.
Rusty Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup AC Delco 500 over Ricky Rudd at the North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, NC.
Rich Eurich won the 27th running of the Eastern States 200 Modified Stock Car race at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY. Frank Cozze finished second followed by Jack Johnson, Billy Decker and Johnny Strupp.
Steve Smith Sr. won the 50-lap Octoberfest Sprint Car race over Lance Dewease and Bobby Fletcher at the Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD.