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1920
Fred "Jiggs" Peters ... Born ... Jiggs started racing Midgets in 1948, winning the ARDC championship in 1951. He then moved into Sprint Cars. In 1955 he unsuccesfully attempted to qualify for the Indy 500 in a Scopa-Offy. Equally at home on dirt or asphalt, he tried to qualify for Indy again in the Lee Glessner Offy in 1957. Short on speed on the first weekend, he was fast enough on the second to qualify but he chose to come home to NJ to run locally to make money as opposed to sitting in Indy for the whole month of May without an income. He was very good in long distance races and won numerous times at long tracks like Trenton, N.J. and Langhorne, Pa. He was injured at Bedford Speedway in 1969 in a URC Sprint Car race and retired after that. He continued to stay involved by running the pit gate at Grandview Speedway for promotor Ed Darrell. He also was very involved in numerous Old Timer Clubs until his passing.
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1924
Russ Congdon ... Born ... USAC midget and sprint racer from the 1950's and 60's
1946
Bill Holland won the AAA sanctioned Bloomsburg Race on the .5 Mile Dirt Oval Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
Ted Horn won the AAA sanctioned Lakewood Race 5 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia
Walt Ader, driving the Horn #4, won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Shelby Fairgrounds, Shelby, NC.
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1947
Tony Bettenhausen won the AAA sanctioned Springfield 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Ted Horn was second followed by Steve Truchan, Jackie Holmes and Charlie Rogers.
Leon Hubble won the Sprint Car race at the Jungle Park Speedway,Rockville, IN.
Joie Chitwood , driving the Nyquist #8, won the 20 lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1 mile dirt Trenton Speedway in Trenton, NJ.
Ted Duncan won the 25-lap Chicago Auto Racing Assn. Midget race driving the Eric Lundy Offy at the Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.
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1950
Ted Musick won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the State Fair Speedway, Oklahoma City, OK.
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1951
Art Hartsfield won the AAA Midget race at the Motor City Speedway, Detroit,MI.
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1952
Bill Vukovich won the AAA sanctioned Denver 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Centennial Park in Denver, Colorado. Chuck Stevenson was second followed by Bobby Ball, Sam Hanks and Buzz Barton.
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Trenton International Speedway, Trenton, NJ.
Joe James won the AAA Sprint Car race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN.
Jud Larson won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Muskogee Speedway, Muskogee, OK.
Vito Calia won the AAA Midget race at the Olympic Stadium, Kansas City,MO.
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1954
Marvin Pifer won the AAA Sprint Car race at the State Fair Speedway, Oklahoma City, OK.
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1957
Bert Hellmueller won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the State Fair Speedway, Oklahoma City, OK.
Jiggs Peters won the ARDC Midget race at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg,PA.
Johnnie Tolan won the USAC Midget race at the Orange Show Speedway, San Bernadino,CA.
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1958
Rodger Ward won the USAC sanctioned Trenton 100 on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Trenton International Speedway in Trenton, NJ. Johnny Thomson was second followed by Tony Bettenhausen, Joe Barzda and Eddie Johnson.
Jimmy Reece... Died ... Reece was Midget, Sprint driver and a 6 time veteran of the Indianapolis 500, with Top Ten finishes in 1952, 1956 and 1958. He died in a racing accident during a 1958 champ car race at Trenton International Speedway.
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1959
Harold Leep won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the State Fair Speedway, Oklahoma City, OK.
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1963
Frankie Schneider won the Stock Car race at the Victory Speedway in Middletown, NY. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1969
Al Unser won the USAC sanctioned Sacramento 100 on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. Gary Bettenhausen was second followed by Bobby Unser, Bruce Walkup and Carl Williams.
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1975
Dave Marcis won the NASCAR Winston Cup Old Dominion 500 over Benny Parsons at the Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA.
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1980
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Old Dominion 500 over Buddy Baker at the Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA.
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1986
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup Holly Farms 400 over Geoffrey Bodine at the North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, NC.
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1992
Geoffrey Bodine won the NASCAR Winston Cup Goody's 500 over Rusty Wallace at the Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA.
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1997
Jeff Burton won the NASCAR Winston Cup Hanes 500 over Dale Earnhardt at the Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA.
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2003
Michael Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup EA SPORTS 500 over Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL.
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