Paul Newman... Born ... Actor, movie star, champion road racing driver and Indy Car owner.
Nick Fornoro Jr.... Born ... Eastern midget, sprint and supermodified driver. Son of one of the sport's premier flagman, and Chief Starter for the Championship Auto Racing Teams Indy Car Series from 1979-1992 Nick Fornoro.
Don Branson won the first 50 mile USAC Sprint Car race on 1 mile dirt oval Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix, AZ. A.J. Foyt was second followed by Chuck Hulse, Jim McElreath and Gordon Woolley.
A.J. Foyt won the second 50 mile USAC Sprint Car race on 1 mile dirt oval Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix, AZ. Jim McElreath was second followed by Roger McCluskey, Johnny Rutherford and Don Branson.
Cale Yarborough completed the rain postponed NASCAR Grand National Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway, the opening round of the 1974 season. The race began on the 20th, with 63 of 191 laps run before a downpour hit the track (Yarborough reported snow flurries on the backstretch). Rains persisted and officials elected to complete the race the next Saturday. The race resumed under clear skies, but windy and cold. Yarborough was the only contender to pit before the rains, taking the lead when the rest pitted shortly after the restart. Yarborough went on to lead all but 6 of the last 127 laps, but running low on fuel, the Chevy motor began sputtering with 2 laps left. Yarborough held on, running completely out of gas as he crossed the line 3 seconds in front of Richard Petty's Dodge. David Pearson finished third in the Wood Brothers Mercury. For the first time, a new NASCAR point system was used. Based on a multiple of basic prize money and number of events entered, the standing showed Yarborough with 11.025 points, Petty 6.525 and Pearson 5.025.