Tony Bettenhausen Jr. ... Born ... Tony Lee Bettenhausen Jr. was one of three racing brothers and a son of two-time U.S. Auto Club national champion Melvin "Tony" Bettenhausen, who ran at the Indianapolis 500 from 1946-60 and was killed in practice in 1961. Tony Jr. drove Indy cars from 1979-93 and also competed in 33 Nextel Cup Series series events in his career, most coming in 1974 when he scored a career best 7th place effort at Richmond International Raceway. He raced in 11 Indy 500s with his best finish of 7th in 1981.
Wilbur Shaw... Died ... AAA driver from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He was a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (1937, 1939, and 1940), and three times a runner up. He later served as president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Best known as the man who, with Tony Hulman, saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from becoming an industrial park. Shaw was killed in an airplane crash near Decatur, IN on October 30, 1954, one day before his fifty-second birthday.
Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson retire from racing; both NASCAR Grand National champions each had 50 NASCAR Grand National wins.
Terry Labonte won the NASCAR Winston Cup Walter W. Hodgdon American 500 over Tim Richmond at the North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, NC.