Smokey Yunick... Born ... NASCAR and Indy mechanic and owner of the "Best Damn Garage in Town" in Daytona, FL; died of leukemia at age 77.
Bud Moore ... Born ... NASCAR crew chief and car owner. During his 37 years as a car owner, he has achieved 63 wins, 43 poles and two NASCAR Grand National Division championships.
Bobby Unser won the Indianapolis 500.
Richard Petty won the World 600 over Cale Yarborough at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC.
Johnny Rutherford claimed his third Indy win, then provided a taxi service to a fellow driver. Rookie Tim Richmond, who would go on to have a successful NASCAR career, ran out of fuel on the final lap, so Rutherford interrupted his victory lap and invited Richmond to hop onto the sidepod for a ride back to his pit.
Benny Parsons won the World 600 over Darrell Waltrip at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC.
Dale Earnhardt won the Coca-Cola 600 over Tim Richmond at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC.