Tom Sneva ... Born ... He worked as a school principal before becoming a racing driver. He drove Supermodifieds in the Spokane, WA area before joining the Indy Car ranks. Sneva is best remembered for winning the 1983 Indianapolis 500. Nicknamed "The Gas Man," Sneva was an outstanding qualifier, winning the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 three times (1977, 1978, 1984). He was also the fastest qualifier on a fourth occasion in 1981, but because of qualifying rules did not start the race from the pole position. Sneva's unique abilities to get the most out of his car also led to him winning two consecutive USAC National Championships for Indycars in 1977 and 1978. He was the first driver to qualify at the Indianapolis 500 over 200 mph in 1977 and the first driver to qualify at the Indianapolis 500 over 210 mph in 1984. His brother, driver Jerry Sneva, also competed at Indy.
Steve Cannon won the USAC Midget race over Gary Bettenhausen, Jimmy Caruthers, Tom Bigelow and Bob Wente at the Hales Corners Speedway, Milwaukee, WI. (Click here for the race report.)
Cale Yarborough won the NASCAR 400 over Richard Petty at the Texas World Speedway, College Station, TX.
Mike Skinner won the Colorado 200 to become the first Craftsman Truck Series driver to win 10 races. Skinner led 220 of 253 laps on the three-eighths of a mile Colorado National Speedway in Erie, CO.