Bob Sall ... Born ... AAA Sprint car ace who later became NASCAR's Eastern field manager.
URC , the United Racing Club, held its first awards dinner at the Hotel Stacy-Trent in Trenton, New Jersey. The URC, through the visionary leadership of Harry Johnson (and later Louie Kunz) became known for innovative ideas that always seemed to be one step ahead of the other groups. One of the earliest of these innovations was that of an actual sit-down championship awards banquet. The AAA never held such an affair and although some of the Eastern independent groups would have a "gathering" to celebrate the past season, the URC was first to have a real awards dinner. In addition to the usual driver awards, another first was introduced with recognition of the car owners through their own set of points.
Ernest Friderich ... Died ... AAA driver
Buck Baker made his first start for the powerhouse Kiekhaefer Chrysler team a winning one by taking the 150 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the one mile dirt oval at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Frank Mundy, also new to the Kiekhaefer squad, finished a half lap behind in second. Tim Flock was third, giving the Kiekhaefer Chryslers a 1-2-3 sweep. The returning Mundy had to post a $1000 bond to be re-instated in NASCAR after leaving in 1952 to race on the AAA circuit. Baker had been the main competition for the mighty Chryslers in 1955, so team owner Carl Kiekhaefer hired him.
Chuck Booth won the 30 lap Midget race at the Oakland Exposition Building, Oakland, CA. ( Click here for the race report. )

Bobby Courtwright wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. Ed Leip wins in Foreign Compacts
Bob Hare won the 50-lap USAC Midget race at the Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH.
Doug Craig won the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. ( Click here for the race report. )
Hershel McGriff won the 6th annual Permatex 200-mile NASCAR Late Model Sportsman road race at the Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA.
Hank Butcher won the 25-lap Bay Cities Racing Assn. indoor midget feature over Chuck Gurney and Ray Wise at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA.
Felipe Giaffone ... Born ... Indy car driver, 6 Indy 500 starts. Best finish 3rd in 2002
Tom White wins the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.

Cale Yarborough, Taking the lead with 25 laps to go, drove the new Junior Johnson Oldsmobile to victory in the NASCAR Grand National Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway. Yarborough finished one second ahead of Benny Parsons with David Pearson less than a car length behind Parsons in third. Parsons and Pearson swapped the runner-up spot three times on the last lap. Neil Bonnett finished 4th in his first road course start. It was the first NASCAR GN win for Olds since 1959. Johnson's team had a new crew chief, 22 year old Tim Brewer. Yarborough's 50th career win seen by a crowd of 70,000. The start was delayed to let the large crowd in through the muddy conditions.
Rich Vogler , driving the Robert Lowe # 74, won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN.
Tom Bigelow won the USAC Midget race at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN. ( Click here for the race report. )
Bill Cantrell... Died ... Midget, sprint and Indy car driver from the late 1930's to mid 50's and later he became the West Coast supervisor for USAC.
Jeff Heotzler wins the TQ Midget/Micro Sprint feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. Jesse Hartman wins in Slingshots, Greg Harris wins in Micro Stocks, Davey Sammons wins in Young Lions/Slingshots, Steve Buckwalter wins in Mini Cup and Brett Stratford wins in Champ Karts.

Lou Cicconi, Jr. wins the TQ Midget/Micro Sprint feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall. Ryan Smith wins in Slingshots, Rich Byrne wins in Micro Stocks, Christopher Allen wins in Young Lions/Slingshots and Tom Ervin wins in Outlaw Micro Stocks.
Shane Burrows won the 25-lap second night of Florida Speedweeks UMP Modified feature over Jason Hughes and Tait Davenport at the East Bay Raceway, Gibsonton, FL.
Buddy Kofoid, regarded as one of the hottest prospects in motorsports, won the 30-lap 410 feature opening night of the Wild Wing Shootout at the Arizona Speedway, San Tan Valley, AZ. Kofoid fended off a late challenge from 10-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz who finished second. Carson Mecedo finished third followed by Aaron Reutzel, Lance Dewease, Rico Abreu, Tony Stewart, Cory Eliason, Dominic Scelzi, and Tim Kaeding.


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