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1920
Jackie Holmes ... Born ... AAA racer from 1947 to 1953
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1923
Howard (Howdy) Wilcox... Died ... AAA driver from 1910 to 1923. Wilcox won the 1919 Indianapolis 500 after starting in the 2nd position. He died in a wreck in 1923 at the Altoona Speedway board track in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.
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1924
Bobby Grim... Born ... He won 12 feature races in USAC midgets and was one of the last to win in the ancient Offy. Bobby drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1958-1969 seasons with 66 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races each year from 1959-1968 except 1965. He finished in the top ten 30 times, with his one victory coming in 1960 at Syracuse. He won the 1959 Indy Rookie of the Year, despite finishing in 26th position. He was also the IMCA sprint car champion from 1955-1958 driving the famed "Black Deuce" Offy of Hector Honore.
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1948
Lee Wallard won the DuQuoin 100 AAA Champ Car race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin,IL. Myron Fohr was second followed by Ted Horn, Charles Van Acker and Bill Sheffler.
Mike Magill won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Alcyon Speedway, Pitman, NJ.
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1949
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds,Essex Junction, VT.
Johnny Mantz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Flemington Fair Speedway,Flemington, NJ.
Johnnie Parsons won the AAA Midget race on the 1-mile dirt DuQuoin Fairgrounds, DuQuoin, IL.
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1950
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Mike Nazaruk at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY.
Spider Webb won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Flemington Fair Speedway,Flemington, NJ.
Harry King won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN.
Troy Ruttman won the AAA Midget race at the Salem Speedway, Salem,IN.
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1951
Frankie Luptow won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Dakota State Fair Speedway, Huron, SD.
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1952
Deb Snyder won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Bethany Fairgrounds Speedway, Bethany, MO.
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1953
Dick Ferguson won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines, IA.
Jimmy Knight won the AAA Midget race at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo,IN.
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1954
Al Keller won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Essex Junction, VT.
Bob Slater won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Des Moines, IA.
Roger McCluskey won the Midget race at the South Mountain Speedway, Phoenix, AZ.
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1955
Tommy Hinnershitz won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Flemington Fair Speedway,Flemington, NJ.
Bob Sweikert won the AAA Sprint Car race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds,DuQuoin, IL.
Bud Randall won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds,St. Paul, MN.
Buddy Powers won the URC Sprint Car race over Charlie Miller and Lou Johnson at the Nazareth Raceway,Nazareth, PA.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the State Fair Park Speedway,Lincoln, NE.
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1957
Tony Bettenhausen won the USAC Midget race at the Illiana Motor Speedway, Schererville,IN.
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1959
Frankie Schneider won the Modified Stock Car race at the Vineland Speedway, Vineland, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Red Riegel won the ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
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1960
Ernie McCoy won the ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA.
Jack Turner won the 100 lap USAC Midget race over Tony Bettenhausen at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds,DuQuoin, IL.
Leroy Neumayer won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (1/2d), St. Paul, MN.
Eddie Gallione won the URC Sprint Car race over Dan Daniels, Beau Clerke, Bill Brown and George Monsen at the Nazareth Raceway, Nazareth,PA.
Parnelli Jones won the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial 100 USAC Sprint Car race at the Salem Speedway , Salem, IN. Roger McCluskey finished second followed by Ronnie Duman, Al Miller and Bud Tingelstad.
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1961
A.J. Foyt won the Ted Horn Memorial AAA Champ Car race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin,IL. Shorty Templeman was second followed by Eddie Sachs, Chuck Hulse and Al Keller.
Jerry Richert won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Russ Long, Johnny White, Scratch Daniels and Jack Gardner at the Dakota State Fair Speedway, Huron,SD.
Hank Rogers won the URC Sprint Car race over Dave Humphrey, Earl Halaquist, Bobby Courtwright and Dan Daniels at the Flemington Fair Speedway, Flemington,NJ.
Red Marlowe won the ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA.
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1966
Mario Andretti won the 50 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH.
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1967
A.J. Foyt won the Ted Horn Memorial AAA Champ Car race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin,IL. Mario Andretti was second followed by Roger McCluskey, Larry Dickson and Billy Vukovich Jr.
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1974
Paul Bost... Died ... AAA driver from the 1920's and 30's.
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1977
Fred Winnai... Died ... AAA driver 1927 to 1946.
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1978
Cale Yarborough won the NASCAR Winston Cup Southern 500 over Darrell Waltrip at the Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC.
Tom Bigelow and Rich Vogler each won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car races at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN.
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1988
Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Winston Cup Southern 500 over Rusty Wallace at the Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC.
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1994
Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Winston Cup Mt. Dew 500 over Dale Earnhardt at the Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC.
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1996
Joe Verebly... Died ... AAA driver 1940's.
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1997
Jan Opperman... Died ... Race car driver known as "The King of the Outlaws". Two time starter of the Indianapolis 500, finishing 21st in 1974 and 16th in 1976. Legendary sprint car driver. Winner of the prestigious Tony Hulman Classic, Terre Haute Action Track 1976; National Supermodified Champion 1971, Knoxville, Ia.; Two time National Supermodified Champion 1971 & 72, Phoenix, Az; World Dirt Track Champion 1973. Critically injured in the 1976 USAC Hoosier 100 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis. Resumed racing after a full recovery only to suffer a career ending injury at Jennerstown, Pa on June 20, 1981. He had several debilitating strokes and spent the final years of his life in a wheelchair being cared for by his 80-something parents. A man of strong spiritual belief, Jan Opperman was very popular with his fellow drivers, the media and fans. Jan Opperman was a larger-than-life dirt track racing legend who stormed on the scene in the late 1960's, dominated sprint car circuits throughout the 1970's and helped define the Outlaw movement.
Chuck Arnold... Died ... Arnold drove sporadically in the USAC Championship Car series, racing between 1959 and 1968, with 11 starts, including the 1959 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 3 times, with his best finish in 5th position, in 1959 at Trenton.
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2005
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Sony HD 500 over Greg Biffle at the Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA.
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