Denny Hulme... Born ... A New Zealand car racer, the 1967 Formula One World Champion for the Brabham team. Hulme later went on to race for McLaren in Formula One, the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, and at Indianapolis. Hulme competed in the Indianapolis 500 on four occasions: 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1971. His best results in the event were in 1967 and 1968, both times finishing fourth. He did not compete in the 1970 race, due to methanol burns to the hands after a fire during practice. A favourite event of Hulme's was the Bathurst 1000, held at the famous Mount Panorama track in Australia. In the 1992 event he was sharing a Benson & Hedges-sponsored BMW M3 with Paul Morris. After complaining of blurred vision Hulme suffered a massive heart attack at the wheel while travelling part the way down the 200-mph Conrod Straight. After veering into the wall on the left side of the track, he managed to bring the car to a relatively controlled stop sliding against the safety railing and concrete wall. When marshals reached the scene they found Hulme still strapped in, dead.
Lloyd Ruby won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Al Unser was second followed by Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock and A.J. Foyt.
Richard Petty drove his Petty Enterprises Plymouth to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Carolina 500' on the 1.1 mile North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Petty finished a lap ahead of Buddy Baker's Ray Fox Dodge in taking his 11th win of the season to date
Dean Mast won the IMCA Sprint Car race over Karl Busson, Charlie Masters and Darl Harrison at the Winchester Speedway, Winchester,IN
Mitch Smith, in the Gary Wasson # 5, won the Super Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA. Lynn Paxton was second followed by Jim Sheaffer, Bobby Allen and Jan Opperman. ( Click here for the race report. )
Sheldon Kinser won the Super Sprint Car race at the Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, IN.
Ray Elder ,three time defending NASCAR Western Grand National champ, drove his family owned Dodge to victory in the NASCAR Grand National 'Golden State 400' at Riverside International Raceway. The win was Elder's second against the GN regulars (the other being in January 1971 on the same Riverside circuit) and dispelled notions that the previous was a "fluke". Elder cruised home a lap ahead of Benny Parsons' L.G. DeWitt Mercury with Donnie Allison two more laps back in the Roger Penske Matador.
Rick Mears won the 150 Mile Rex Mays Classic USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Paved Oval Milwaukee Mile, Milwaukee, WI. Johnny Rutherford was second followed by Wally Dallenbach, Steve Krisiloff and Larry Dickson.
Cale Yarborough won the NASCAR Winston Cup Gabriel 400 over David Pearson at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
Shane Cockrum won the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown National Championship Race at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. Shane Cottle finished second followed by Chris Windom, Brady Bacon, Kyle Robbins, Jason McDougal, Carmen Perigo, Justin Grant, Robert Ballou and Mike Haggenbottom . Click to watch the feature highlights video.
Lance Dewease won the 410 Sprint Car race at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.. Alan Krimes was second followed by Anthony Macri, Devon Borden, Freddie Rahmer, Steve Buckwalter, Doug Hammaker, Brandon Rahmer and Chad Trout,
Donny Schatz won the 30-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, Dubuque, IA. It was Donny Schatz's 300th World of Outlaws Win. James McFadden was second followed by Kerry Madsen, Sheldon Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart Click to watch the feature highlights video.