Danny Kladis... Born ... AAA/USAC driver from the 1940's & 50's
Eddie Johnson... Born ... AAA/USAC driver from the 1950's & 60's. Ran in 13 Indy 500's with a best finish of 6th in 1960.
Marshall Teague won the NASCAR Grand national race on the 4.1 mile Daytona Beach, Florida beach and road course for the 2nd straight year. The scheduled 160 mile race ended 2 laps early due to an incoming tide. Teague led from lap 2, crossing the line 1 minute, 21 seconds ahead of Herb Thomas. Both were in identical Hudson Hornets owned and prepared by Teague. Teague wasn't allowed to compete until he payed a $574.50 fine for driving in a non-NASCAR race in November 1951. The event also saw Joie Ray become the first black/Afro-American driver to compete in a GN race.
Troy Ruttman won the 50 lap Pacific Coast AAA Sprint Car race at the Oakland Speedway, Oakland, CA.
Shorty Templeman won the USAC Midget race at the San Jose Speedway in San Jose, CA.
Marshall Teague sets an unofficial closed course speed record of 171.821 mph driving the "Sumar Special" streamliner, actually a Kurtis-Kraft chassis with a Meyer-Drake Offy 270.
Fireball Roberts started 10th but had the lead by the backstraight and held off a last lap surge by Joe Weatherly to win the 2nd 'American Challenge Cup' race by a half car length. The 10 lap special event on the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway was open only to winners of 1961 NASCAR GN "superspeedway" events. 19 drivers won GN races in 1961, but only 10 started. Western stars Lloyd Dane and Eddie Gray declined towing 3,000 miles for a race that only paid $1000 first prize, Lee Petty was recovering from injuries and Emanuel Zervakis was without a ride. Rex White, Bob Burdick, Cotton Owens, Junior Johnson and Jack Smith all were on hand but elected to skip the race.
Herschel Wagner won the Florida State Fair IMCA Sprint Car race in Tampa Florida. Johnny White was second followed by Jerry Richert , Gordon Wooley and Bud Sterrett.
Willie Wilson won the NASCAR Midget race over Newt White and Jigger Sirois on the 1/5 mile dirt Memorial Stadium, Daytona Beach, FL.
Fred Lorenzen held off Nelson Stacy's late charge to win the 10 lap 'NASCAR Race of Champions' at Daytona International Speedway. The Ford duo dueled the entire distance with Lorenzen edging Stacy by a half car length. Lorenzen averaged a record 163.29 mph. Larry Frank, Fireball Roberts, Ned Jarrett, Jim Pardue and Bobby Johns filled out the field of 5 Fords and 2 Pontiacs. 6 eligible drivers (Joe Weatherly, Richard Petty, Rex White, Jack Smith, Jim Paschal and Junior Johnson) did not compete. The declining entries led to this being the last "winners only" NASCAR race until the format was revived in 1985.
Tony Romit wins the TQ Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
Richie Evans won the second night Modified feature of the World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Merv Treichler was second followed by Dave Nichols, Kenny Bouchard and Jamie Tomaino.
Jerry Weeks and Bob Wente each won 35-lap USAC Midget feature races at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN.
Dick Trickle won the 25-lap Late Model Stock Car race and Jimmy Spencer won the Modified Stock Car race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Andy Linden... Died ... AAA driver from the 1940's and 1950's. Ran in 7 Indy 500's with a best finish of 4th in 1951.
Keith Kauffman won the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. Sammy Swindell was second followed by Fred Rahmer, Jac Haudenschild, Bobby Allen, Dave Blaney and Rocky Hodges.
John Heydenreich won the All American Midget Series race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL.. Ron Hughes Jr. was second followed by Kevin Olson, Don Beachler and Dean Billings.
Jack Boggs won the All Star Circuit of Champions Late Model Stock Car race at the Jax Raceway, Jacksonville, FL. Jeff Purvis was second followed by Mike Keen, Steve Francis and Donnie Hewitt.
Junior Hanley won the Late Model Stock Car race and Reggie Ruggiero won the Modified Stock Car race at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL. ( Click here for the race report. )
Mike Van Dusen won the Sprint Car race over Wayne Reutimann at the East Bay Raceway, Gibsonton, FL.
Sleepy Tripp won the 50-lap USAC Western States Midget race at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, NV.
Daryn Pittman won the 30-lap 2nd Annual Winter Freeze All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at the Screven Motor Speedway, Sylvania, GA. David Gravel finished second followed by Logan Schuchart, Mark Smith, Aaron Ott, Paul McMahon, Allan Krimes, Dale Blaney, Terry McCarl, Jason Sides, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Fred Rahmer, Danny Smith, Cody Darrah, Cap Henry, Joey Saldana, Pete Miller III, Jac Haudenschild, Greg Hodnett, Tony Stewart, Jack Sodeman Jr., Mark Coldren, Danny Lasoski, Tim Shaffer and Brad Wickham. Gravel set fast time over the 26-car field with a lap of 12.739. Joey Saldana, Tony Stewart and McMahon won the heat races. Shaffer won the dash and Hafertepe Jr. won the B main.