Cale Yarborough... Born ... A businessman and former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and owner. He was the first driver in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships. He had 83 wins on the all-time NASCAR winner's list. In 1984, he became the first driver to qualify for the Daytona 500 with a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour. He also raced in 4 Indy 500's with a best finish of 10th in 1972.
Maurice Petty ... Born ... A former NASCAR driver from Randleman, NC. He was the chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises and the lead mechanic for brother Richard Petty. In his driving career, Petty competed in twenty-six Nextel Cup Series events and earned sixteen top-tens. His best finish was a 3rd at Spartanburg in 1961.
Lee Petty spun Junior Johnson from the lead with 14 laps to go and won the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 5/8 mile paved North Wilkesboro Speedway (North Wilkesboro, NC). After the race, Petty was pelted with rocks, bottles and other things by the crowd, heavily partisan to Johnson. Petty grabbed the microphone and pleaded his case, only to be pelted again. Petty's 49th career GN win moved him past Herb Thomas to become the career wins leader at the time. (Click here for the race report.)
Jim Hurtubise used an opportune yellow to win the NASCAR GN 'Atlanta 500' at Atlanta International Raceway. Richard Petty dominated the early stages, but blew a motor to set up a duel between Hurtubise and Fred Lorenzen. The duo swapped the lead 4 times within the last 100 miles. Shortly after Lorenzen made his final pit stop under green, a yellow allowed Hurtubise to stop his Norm Nelson Plymouth under caution. Hurtubise gained a lap advantage that he held to the finish, with Lorenzen second in a Holman-Moody Ford.
Jud Larson won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, Reading, PA. Red Riegel was second followed by Arnie Knepper, Roger McCluskey and Mario Andretti.