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1911
Lee Wallard ... Born ... AAA driver from the 1940's and 50's. Lee ran the Indy 500 four times 1948 - 1951. Wallard retired from racing after being burned in a racing crash, shortly after winning the 1951 Indianapolis 500.
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1927
Chuck Rodee... Born ... USAC driver from the 1950's and 1960's. He won 35 career features in USAC midget competition. He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1957, 1958, 1960, and 1962-1965 seasons. He finished in the top ten 4 times, with his best finish in 5th position in 1965 at Atlanta. He had 16 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1962 and 1965. He finished in 32nd in 1962 after crashing to avoid Jack Turner , and 28th in 1965. His career came to a halt on May 14th when he spun on his second warm-up lap during a qualifying attempt for the 1966 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The car backed into the wall exiting the 1st turn, and one of midget racing's great personalities was gone.
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1935
Harris Insinger ... Died ... AAA driver from the 1930's.
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1938
Larry Dickson ... Born ... A former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1965-1981 seasons, with 105 combined career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1966-1969, 1971, 1978-1979, and 1981. He finished in the top ten 44 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1968 at Springfield. He was also a 3 time USAC Sprint Car Series Champion in 1968, 1970 and 1975. Larry won 43 USAC Sprint car races and was the all-time leader in the division until Tom Bigelow broke his record. In the years 1968-71 Larry and Gary Bettnhausen raced each other in what was billed as "The Larry and Gary show" or "Thunder (Bettenhausen) and Lightning (Dickson) exchanging the USAC Sprint Car title between each other during those years. Those were probably the most exciting USAC sprint car races of all time. Larry also ventured to Daytona to drive Richie Giachetti's Ford Torino in the Daytona 500, running in the top ten before the engine expired. Larry finished his career in the ToMax USAC Silver Crown car owned by his brother, Tommy and Max Brittain. He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in the first class in 1990.
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1946
John Wohlfiel won the Midget race at the Sharon Speedway,Hartford, OH.
Ted Horn , driving the Horn #5, won the 30 lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Bob Muhlke, driving the Nichels Offy #7, won the 25 lap Midget feature race in front of 26,000 fans over Tony Bettenhausen and Ralph Pratt at the Soldier Field, Chicago, IL.
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1950
Emory Collins won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, IA.
Mike Nazaruk won the AAA Eastern Sprint Car race over Tommy Hinnershitz at the Rutland Fairgrounds, Rutland, VT.
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1951
Tony Bettenhausen won the AAA sanctioned Syracuse 100 Race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, New York. Walt Faulkner was second followed by Bill Vukovich, Eddie Johnson and Harry King.
Bert Hellmueller won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Topeka Fairgrounds, Topeka, KS.
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1952
Allen Heath won the AAA Midget race at the Springfield Speedway, Springfield,IL.
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1953
Deb Snyder won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Dakota State Fair Speedway, Huron, SD.
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1955
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the State Fair Park Speedway,Lincoln, NE.
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1956
Tony Bettenhausen won the USAC sanctioned Syracuse 100 Race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, New York. Jimmy Bryan was second followed by Johnny Thomson, Johnny Boyd and George Amick.
Jud Larson won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Bobby Grim at the Topeka Fairgrounds, Topeka,KS.
Shorty Templeman won the USAC Midget race at the West 16th Street Speedway, Indianapolis,IN.
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1957
Bill Randall won the ARDC Midget race at the Hatfield Speedway, Hatfield,PA.
Don Branson won the USAC Sprint Car race at the New Bremen Speedway, New Bremen,OH.
Bobby Grim won the IMCA Sprint Car race at the Topeka Fairgrounds, Topeka,KS.
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1960
Pete Folse won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Herschel Wagner, Sonny Helms, Jerry Shumaker and Buzz Barton at the State Fair Park Speedway, Lincoln,NE.
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1961
A.J. Foyt won the USAC Sprint Car race at the Lancaster Motorsports Park (5/8d), Lancaster, NY. Jim Hurtubise was second followed by Hal Rettberg, Bobby Marshman and Parnelli Jones.
Dutch Schaefer won the ARDC Midget race at the Old Bridge Stadium, Old Bridge, NJ.
Rollie Beale won the Supermodified race at the Toledo Speedway, Toledo,OH.
Gus Linder won the Sprint Car race at the Greater Pittsburgh Speedway, Pittsburgh,PA.
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1962
Rodger Ward won the USAC sanctioned Syracuse 100 Race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, New York. A. J. Foyt was second followed by Troy Ruttman, Jim Hurtubise and Allen Crowe.
Bobby Unser won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park Speedway, Gardena,CA. Billy Cantrell was second followed by Hal Minyard, Wayne Douglas and Bob Coulter.
Roger Bailey won the ARDC Midget race at the Danbury Fairgrounds, Danbury,CT.
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1966
Tom Bigelow won the Sprint Car race at the State Fair Park Speedway, Lincoln,NE. Harold Leep was second followed by Jay Woodside, George Odvody and Buzz Barton.
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1967
Bobby Allen won the Super Sprint Car race at the Dorsey Speedway, Dorsey,MD. Ed Zirkle was second followed by Kenny Weld, Hal Browning and Red Fouts.
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1968
Ronnie Rough won the Super Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Gene Kohr was second followed by Bobby Adamson, Ray Tilley and Gus Linder.
Gary Bettenhausen won the Don Branson Memorial USAC Sprint Car race at the Terre Haute Action Track , Terre Haute, IN. Bruce Walkup was second followed by George Snider, Carl Williams and Greg Weld.
Jerry Stover won the ARDC Midget race at the East Windsor Speedway, Hightstown,NJ.
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1973
Jim Hettinger won the ARDC Midget race at the East Windsor Speedway, Hightstown,NJ. Hank Rogers Jr was second followed by Johnny Coy, Frankie Holz, Leigh Earnshaw and Billy Hughes.
Buck Buckley won the URC Sprint Car race at the Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport,NJ. Leroy Felty was second followed by Harry Benjamin, Bill Wentz and Carl Bergkvist.
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1984
Johnnie Parsons ... Died ... Midget racer who went on to drive in 10 consecutive Indy 500's, finishing second in 1949 and winning in 1950. Johnnie began racing in open wheel cars in races run by the United Midget Association on the West Coast after World War II. In 1942 he won the abbreviated UMA Championship on the strength of 18 feature wins. In 1948 he won the third feature of the “Night Before the 500” midget program at the famous 16th Street Speedway. The following year, after starting 12th in his first Indianapolis 500, he finished 2nd behind Bill Holland and went on to win the National Driving Championship. In 1950 he was back at Indy, this time winning the rain-shortened race. He became a crowd favorite and competed in eight more 500's before retiring in 1958. Parsons has the dubious distinction of being the only Indianapolis 500 winner to have his name misspelled on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Silversmiths carved "Johnny" instead of "Johnnie." In 1991, when they were undergoing the first restoration of the trophy, they considered fixing the spelling. Then they decided to leave it be, as it was part of the trophy's lore. Ironically, his son was named Johnny and though he ran at Indy 12 times, he never won the race. He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2004. He was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1984. Parsons died before receiving notification that he was selected to the hall of fame.
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1985
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup Wrangler SanforSet 400 over Terry Labonte at the Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA.
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2001
Ricky Rudd won the NASCAR Winston Cup Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 over Kevin Harvick at the Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA.
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2007
Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Winston Cup Chevy Rock & Roll 400 over Tony Stewart at the Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA.
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