Craig Breedlove... Born ... A five-time world land speed record holder. He was the first to reach 400 mph (640 km/h), 500 mph (800 km/h), and 600 mph (970 km/h), using several turbojet-powered vehicles that were all named "Spirit of America".
Bobby Allison drove the Mario Rossi Dodge to victory in the NASCAR GN 'Southeastern 500' at Bristol International Speedway. Polesitter Bobby Isaac was leading when a radiator hose came off the Krauskopf Dodge on lap 448, blowing the motor and giving the lead to David Pearson. Pearson's Holman-Moody Ford began trailing smoke with 15 laps to go. Pearson managed to stay in front, despite making a quick pit stop, until Allison got by with 7 laps to go. Pearson coasted to a stop with 5 laps to go and Allison cruised, taking the win 4 laps ahead of LeeRoy Yarbrough.
Nelson Piquet emerged from a duel with Ayrton Senna to win the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix, the opening event in the 1986 F1 season. During the race Piquet, Senna and Alain Prost swapped the lead 7 times on the 3.12 mile Jacarepagua circuit. Piquet, driving a Williams-Honda, took the checkered flag 34.8 seconds ahead of Senna's Lotus-Renault.
Lloyd Ruby ... Died ... Ruby won seven times on the USAC Championship Car Series in his career and also had endurance racing victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the United States Grand Prix. But he is best known for the race he didn't win.
Ruby raced in 18 straight Indianapolis 500s from 1960-77, led in five of them and was out front for 126 laps. But he never won open wheel racing's most prestigious prize. Ruby's best finish at Indianapolis was third in 1964. His only other top five finish at the 500 came in 1968. Five other times he placed in the top 10. In 1991, he was inducted into the Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame.