Wally Zale... Died ... Wally Zale hailed from Chicago and was one of the pioneers of midget auto racing when it was introduced to the Midwest in 1934. His 67 wins with various organizations in 1940 is believed to have been the greatest number ever by a midget driver in a single season and broke his old record of 65 feature wins set in 1936.
Fred Lorenzen led the final 332 laps to win the NASCAR Grand National 'Virginia 500' at Martinsville Speedway. It was Lorenzen's 4th straight win at Martinsville. A late charge by Marvin Panch fell 2 car lengths short. The story of the race was the incredible charge by Junior Johnson. Johnson was leading when he blew a tire and lost a lap & a half in the pits. Johnson put on a stunning charge to regain the lead in just 32 laps. On lap 178, Johnson held a 17 second lead when the left front wheel collapsed. After again losing time in the pits, Johnson began another charge, working his way to 3rd before another blown tire sent his Ford into the wall on lap 258.
Jim McElreath won the rain shortened USAC Championship race on the 1 mile paved Trenton Speedway in Trenton, NJ. The race was halted after 87 of the 100 laps.
Jimmy Davies won the USAC Midget feature at the Orange Show Speedway, San Bernadino,CA
Larry Dickson drove to victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature over Lee Kunzman, Karl Busson, Merle Bettenhausen and Bruce Walkup, on the 1/2 dirt oval at the Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Mike Mosley drove the A.J. Watson Eagle to his first career USAC Indy Car win, taking the 200 mile race on the 1.5 mile paved "peanut" shaped Trenton Speedway in Trenton, NJ. Bobby Unser won the pole at a record 155.579 mph and led lap 1 before brother Al took over. Bobby immediately began falling back with handling problems and Al's hopes for his 4th straight Indy Car soon ended with a burned piston on lap 5. Al's retirement put the McNamara-Ford of Mario Andretti into first. Andretti led until the turbocharger failed on lap 34, moving Mosley out front. Mosley pulled away handily, lapping the field. Lloyd Ruby, running a lap down in 2nd, crashed after clipping rookie Don Brown while trying to lap him in the dogleg on lap 108. Anticipating the restart, Mosley hit the wall, spun and was hit by new 2nd place man Steve Krisiloff. Mosley nearly stalled, but recovered and drove into the pits for a quick check while Krisiloff was eliminated. With Krisiloff out, B. Unser was back to 2nd. Mosley struggled for almost a lap to find high gear following the stop, but finally got back up to speed. B. Unser's motor finally gave up with 3 laps to go and Mosley cruised across the line 3 laps ahead of runner-up Wally Dallenbach's Kuzma-Ford. Stock Car star LeeRoy Yarbrough, replacing the injured Swede Savage in Dan Gurney's All-American Racers Eagle, finished 3rd and B. Unser still completed enough laps to wind up 4th.
Lee Kunzman won the USAC Midget feature at the Queen City Speedway, Cincinnati,OH
Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR GN 'Virginia 500' on the .525 mile paved Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Waltrip's DiGard Chevrolet finished a lap ahead of Cale Yarborough in the Junior Johnson Chevrolet.
Tanner Thorson won the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at the Path Valley Speedway Park ,Spring Run, PA, Justin Grant was second followed by Kevin Thomas Jr. Alex Bright and Brandon Mattox. Click to watch the feature highlights video.
David Gravel returned to victory lane on Sunday afternoon and completed a weekend sweep of the Bristol Throwdown, World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Donny Schatz was second followed by Aaron Reutzel, Giovanni Scelzi and Paul McMahan. Click to watch the feature highlights video.
Colton Herta won the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg NTT INDYCAR SERIES race. Josef Newgarden was second followed by Simon Pagenaud, Jack Harvey and Scott Dixon.
Brad Keselowski won the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL. William Byron finished second followed by Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick and Matt DiBenedetto.