April 8

Frank Lockhart... Born ... AAA driver 1925 to 1927. Won the Indy 500 in 1926.
Fred Winnai... Born ... AAA driver 1927 to 1946.
The Los Angeles Motordome, the first board track built for Auto Racing opened near Playa Del Rey, California, under the direction of Fred Moskovics and Jack Prince. The 1 mile circular track had 20 degree banking. Barney Oldfield turned a lap of 99 mph in a Benz.

Bob Burman... Died ... AAA driver 1909 to 1916. Burman and his riding mechanic were killed in a wreck caused when a rear wheel collapsed during the Corona Road Races in Calif.
Junie Donlavey... Born ... NASCAR team owner.
Derrick Walker... Born ... CART team owner
Marshall Teague won the first NASCAR Grand National race held on the West Coast, a 100 mile race on the 1/2 mile dirt Carrell Speedway in Gardena, California. Teague's Hudson Hornet started outside row 1, moved into the lead when the green flag fell and didn't look back. Johnny Mantz, winner of the inaugural Southern 500, was 2nd in a Nash with relief help from Slick Smith. With another GN race being held at Mobile, Alabama (won by Tim Flock), the only other GN regular to make the trip was Frank Mundy, who rode out with Teague hoping to get a ride in a local car. When no ride materialized, Mundy got a 1950 Chevy from a car rental agency. Mundy finished 11th and returned the car after dark.
Bill Schindler , driving the Malamud #29, won the 30-lap AAA Eastern Sprint Car race on the 1/2 mile dirt Reading Fairgrounds in Reading, PA.

Eddie Wood... Born ... NASCAR's Wood Brothers team manager.
Tim Flock drove his Kiekhaefer Chrysler to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR GN race on the 5/8 mile dirt North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and then after the race, the defending champ & current point leader made the stunning announcement that he was quitting the Kiekhaefer team. Flock had won 22 of 47 starts since joining the outboard motor magnates team, but cited the pressure and a worsening ulcer for his decision.
Rodger Ward won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Kearney Bowl, Fresno,CA.
Robert Pressley... Born ... NASCAR driver
Bob Tattersall won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Longhorn Speedway, Austin, TX.

A.J. Foyt won the USAC Champ Car race at Trenton International Speedway, Trenton, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bobby Hersh won the 25-lap Modified Stock Car race over Johnny Mackison at the Susquehanna Speedway, Newberrytown, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Al Tasnady won the 25-lap Modified-Sportsman Stock Car race over Harry Moore at the Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Mark Blundell... Born ... F1, and CART driver 1996 to 2000
Jerry Poland won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN. Charlie Masters finished second followed by Sammy Sessions, Bruce Walkup and Lee Kunzman.
Pancho Carter won the 40 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis,IN. Billy Cassella finished second followed by Tom Bigelow, Marvin Carman and Rich Vogler.

A.J. Foyt won the 200 mile USAC Championship race on the 2 mile banked Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas.
Darrell Waltrip wins the CRC Rebel 500 over Richard Petty at the Darlington Raceway , Darlington, SC.
Tim Richmond wins the NW Bank 400 over Harry Gant at the North Wilkesboro Speedway , North Wilkesboro, NC.
Jimmy Sills won the Super Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway , Mechanicsburg, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Sammy Swindell won the United Sprint Association Sprint Car race at the Manzanita Speedway , Phoenix, AZ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Tony Siscone and Gil Hearne won the Twin 35 Modified Stock Car races at the Wall Stadium , Belmar, NJ. ( Click here for the race report. )
Jerry Stone won the Sprint Car race at the Tulsa Speedway , Tulsa, OK. ( Click here for the race report. )
Eddie Wirth won the CRA Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park , Gardena, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Joey Kuhn won the Super Sprint Car race at the Selinsgrove Speedway , Selinsgrove, PA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Reggie Ruggiero won the NASCAR Modified Stock Car race at the Riverside Park Speedway , Agawam, MA. ( Click here for the race report. )
Davey Allison wins the Valleydale 500 over Mark Martin at the Bristol Motor Speedway , Bristol, TN.
Dale Jarrett wins the Virginia 500 over Ricky Rudd at the Martinsville Speedway , Martinsville, VA.
Matt Kenseth wins the Samsung/RadioShack 500 over Jeff Gordon at the Texas Motor Speedway , Fort Worth, TX.


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