Juan Manuel Fangio ... Born ... A driver from Argentina, who dominated the first decade of Formula One racing. He won five Formula One World Driver's Championships, a record which stood for 46 years, with four different teams (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati), a feat that has not been repeated since. Many still consider him to be the greatest driver of all time.
Tony Bettenhausen won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1-mile dirt oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Bill Schindler was second followed by Cecil Green, Manny Ayulo and Ray Knepper.
Jan Opperman won the USAC Sprint Car race over Kenny Weld, Billy Cassella, Rollie Beale and Lee Kunzman at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove, PA.
A.J. Foyt won the Schaefer 500 USAC Championship race on the 2.5-mile paved oval Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA. Jim McElreath was second followed by Larry Dickson, Jerry Sneva and Dick Simon.
Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR Winston Cup Miller 400 over Ernie Irvan at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI.