Johnnie Parsons won the 100 mile AAA Championship race on the 1 & 1/16 mile dirt Arlington Downs horse track in Dallas, Texas. Even though he was not of legal age, having just turned 19 in March, Troy Ruttman made his AAA Championship debut by using an altered birth certificate.
Tommy Hinnershitz , driving the Hinnershitz #2, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Tim Flock, in the Kiekhaefer Chrysler, led every lap to win the rain shortened NASCAR Grand National race at Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, PA. The race was red flagged after 124 of 150 scheduled laps on the 1 mile circular dirt track.
George Amick won the AAA Midget race at the Taft Stadium, Oklahoma City, OK.
Chris Karamesines ran drag racing's first reported 200 mph speed with a 204.54 mph run at the Alton Dragway in Alton, Illinois.
Lee Petty captured his 50th career NASCAR GN win by having his Plymouth in front when the race at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in Weaverville, North Carolina was halted after 167 of 200 laps, due to deteriorating track conditions. Earlier, the race had been stopped for an hour as track workers swept broken up asphalt into holes in the surface of the 1/2 mile paved oval.
A.J. Foyt won over Don Branson and Eddie Sachs and Jim Hurtubise won over Eddie Sachs and Jiggs Peters in USAC Sprint twin 50's at the one mile dirt Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne PA.
Jimmy Davies drove to victory in the USAC Midget feature at the Kearney Bowl, Fresno,CA
Paul Goldsmith was flagged the winner, but 45 minutes later a scoring re-check gave Jim Paschal the win in the NASCAR GN 'Virginia 500' at Martinsville Speedway. Paschal was driving the Friedkin Plymouth. "Tiger" Tom Pistone roared from 20th starting to 5th in 20 laps. With only 1 caution the whole race, most pit stops came under green. Pistone's rag tag crew cost him time on his first stop, but the little veteran from Chicago resumed his charge. Pistone took his independent Ford past David Pearson on lap 232 and led 42 laps before making his 2nd stop. Pistone lost nearly a lap, but charged back to 2nd before the motor blew in his 2 year old Ford.
Rodger Ward won a rain shortened USAC Championship race on the 1 mile paved Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey. Ward's supercharged Offy powered Lola was in front when the race was halted after 102 of the 150 laps were run. It marked the first win for the new supercharged Offenhauser motor. Mario Andretti jumped into the lead at the start and he and A.J. Foyt swapped the lead in a great battle. Foyt's engine soured and on the 66th lap, he pitted with a clogged fuel line, moving Ward into 2nd. Foyt lost 3 laps in the pits before returning. On lap 88, Andretti had to pit with a flat tire to give Ward the lead. Ward was leading Gordon Johncock by 20 seconds when rain brought out the yellow. Shortly the red and checkered ended the race with Ward scoring his first win since 1963, his first in a rear engined car and 26th of his career. It was also his last, as he retired after the Indy 500 in May.
Fred Lorenzen , one of the most successful Stock Car drivers in history, announced his retirement at a banquet in his honor. Suffering from ulcers, the 33 year old driver said "I want to go out while I'm on top...". The ulcers forced him to miss the North Wilkesboro and Martinsville races. After a brief foray into GN racing in 1956, Lorenzen ran the USAC Stock Car trail, winning the 1958 & '59 USAC titles before moving South. Lorenzen ran his own car in 1960 until his money ran out and he returned home to Elmhurst, Illinois and began working as a carpenter. The Holman-Moody team called Lorenzen and asked him to drive their factory backed Ford on the GN circuit in 1961. For the next 6 years, the Lorenzen/Holman-Moody combination had great success, earning the blonde haired driver the nickname of "The Golden Boy". The list of Lorenzen's accomplishments are truly impressive. In 1963, his earnings of $122,587 marked the first time in NASCAR history a driver had earned $100,000 in a season. He won 26 GN races in his career and at the time of his retirement held the marks for career money earned ($375,000), most wins in races of 250 miles or longer (21), most superspeedway wins (12), consecutive wins in "major" races (5) and was the only driver to have won races at all the existing superspeedways (Atlanta, Charlotte, Darlington, Daytona and Rockingham). Lorenzen stayed on with Ford as a consultant and race strategist before making a couple of short lived comeback attempts in the early 70's.
Dick Tobias drove to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature over Larry Cannon, Rollie Beale, Gary Bettenhausen and Karl Busson, on the 1/2 dirt oval at the Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Mitch Smith, in the Gary Wasson # 5, won the Super Sprint Car feature over Bobbie Adamson, Lee Osborne, Gene Kohr and Jim Sheaffer, at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA
Ed Zirkle won the Super Sprint Car feature over Gus Linder, Johnny Grum, Ronnie Rough and Smokey Snellbaker, at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Lynn Paxton won the Super Sprint Car feature over Tom Spriggle, Milt Miller, Kramer Williamson and Pete Swarmer, at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal,PA
Leroy Felty won the URC Super Sprint Car feature over Stan Ploski, Joe Tetz, Hank Rogers Jr and Walt Bettler, at the Flemington Fair Speedway, Flemington,NJ
Lou Blaney won the Super Sprint Car feature over Jim Linder, Ralph Quarterson and Jim Meeker, at the Wayne County Speedway, Orrville, OH
Larry Rice drove to victory in the USAC Midget feature over Joe Corrigan, John Andretti, Russ Gamester and Rich Vogler, at the Twin Cities Speedway, North Vernon, IN. ( Click here for the race report. )
Robbie Stanley drove to victory in the Rich Vogler Classic USAC Sprint Car feature, over Jim Mahoney, Doug Kalitta, Mike Bliss and Mark Alderson at the Winchester Speedway in Winchester,IN and Mike Bliss won the USAC Midget feature over Andy Michner, Ted Hines and Don Schilling.
Rusty Wallace wins the Hanes 500 over Ernie Irvan at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
Corey Heim won the General Tire 200 ARCA race at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL Dave Mader III was second followed by Nick Sanchez, Drew Dollar and Bret Holmes.
Jeb Burton won the Ag-Pro 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL Austin Cindric was second followed by A.J.Allmendinger, Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg.
Tyler Ross won the 410 Sprint Car Feature at the Lincoln Speedway , Abbottstown, PA, Matt Campbell was second followed by Alan Krimes, Freddie Rahmer and Chase Dietz. Click to watch the feature highlights video.
Steve Buckwalter won the 410 Sprint Car feature at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA. Dylan Cisney was second followed by Justin Whittal, Tyler Bear and Danny Dietrich. In the URC Sprint Car feature it was Jason Shultz over Ryan Smith, Anthony Macri, Adam Carberry and Michael Walter II. Also in the PASS 305 feature Ken Duke won over Kassidy Kreitz, Dave Grube, Garrett Bard and Austin Reed.
Kevin Nagy won the MASS 305 Sprint Car Feature at the New Egypt Speedway , New Egypt, NJ Aidan Borden was second followed by Eddie Wagner, Dave Brown, Rory Janney, Craig Pellegrini, Larry McVay, Jon Brennfleck, Jeff Geiges and Kristina Pratt. In the Crate Modified feature it was Dan Fleming over Ryan Simmons, Tom Princiotta, Pat Wall and Justin Grosso. Also Anthony Tramontana won the Sportsman feature over Ryan Simmons, Justin Grosso, Paul Mancini and Will Dupree.
C.J. Leary won the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at the BAPS Motor Speedway ,York Haven,, PA, Justin Grant was second followed by Chris Windom, Alex Bright and Brady Bacon. Click to watch the feature highlights video.
Kenny Edkin won the Super Sportsman Sprint Car race at the BAPS Motor Speedway ,York Haven,, PA, Russ Mitten finished second followed by Chase Gutshall, Tony Jackson and Scott Dellinger.
Jared Umbenhauer won the 30-lap Modified Stock Car feature at the Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA. Craig Von Dohren was second followed by Louden Reimert, Duane Howard and Kevin Graver. Also Brian Hirthler won the 25-lap Sportsman feature over Kyle Smith, Jesse Landis, Kyle Lilick and Lex Shivek.
Joe Toth won the Foley CAT Modified feature at the Bridgeport Speedway, Swedesboro, NJ. Ryan Godown was second followed by Tim Buckwalter, Matt Stangle and Billy Pauch. Also Steve Kemery won the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Sportsman feature over Travis Hill, Howie Finch, Steve Davis and Ryan Higgs. Also Mike Bednar won the USAC All-Pro SpeedSTRs feature over Billy Pauch, Tom Mayberry, Tim Iulg, Jason Musser, Jeff Hartman, Jay Hartman, Nick Pecko, Justin Thompson and Nick Havens.
Andrew Krause won the 40-lap Modified feature at the Wall Stadium Speedway, Wall Township, NJ. Steven Reed was second followed by Eddie McCarthy, Chris Andretta and Marc Rogers, Jake Nelke won the 25-lap Sportsman feature over Kevin Davison, Carsten DiGiantomasso, Neil Rutt III, and Rob Anderton.