A. J. Foyt opened Qualifying for the Indy 500 with a four-lap run in 3'07.86" in his #14 Coyote/Foyt. Rain interrupted the procedure until the next Saturday (May 18), but in spite of luminaries such as Gordon Johncock and Mario Andretti taking a shot at his time, Foyt remained fastest.
Bobby Allen , in the # 1a Emrich Chevy, won the Super Sprint Car race over Steve Smith, Ken Slaybaugh, Dub May and Kenny Weld at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Jim Shampine , in the famous # 8 Ball, won the Super Modified race over Nolan Swift, Bobby Stelter, John Spencer and Doug Syer at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego,NY
Kramer Williamson won the ARDC Midget race over Leigh Earnshaw, Jim Hettinger, Doug Craig, Jerry McKown and Frank Holz at the Penn National Speedway, Grantville,PA
Ron Shuman won the Sprint Car race over Bob Moore and Steve Troxell at the Phoenix Int. Raceway, Phoenix, AZ
Gary Howsare won the Super Sprint Car race over Jim Sheaffer, Smokey Snellbaker, Johnny Grum and Ed Zirkle at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal,PA
Paul Pitzer won the KARS Super Sprint Car race over Roger Larson, Kramer Williamson, Gary Gollub and Lynn Paxton at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA
Sleepy Tripp won the USAC Midget race over Mel Kenyon, Jimmy Caruthers, Bob Wente and Tommy Astone at the Columbus Motor Speedway, Columbus,OH
Steve Howard, in the # 76 Moskat - MK Foreign car Ltd. Chevy, won the KARS Super Sprint Car race over Buck Buckley, Bobby Allen, Kramer Williamson and Smokey Snellbaker at the East Windsor Speedway, Hightstown,NJ
Dub May won the ARDC Midget race over Jim Kirk, Lennie Boyd, Jim Maguire and Bob Cicconi at the Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown,MD
Jim Shampine , in the famous # 8 Ball, won the Super Modified race over Kempton Dates, Don MacLaren, Eddie Bellinger and Gary Reichart at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego,NY
Duane ‘Pancho’ Carter grabbed the pole position for the Indianapolis 500. Carter entered the history books with a speed of 212.583 MPH for four qualifying laps around the 2.5 mile track at Indy. Also that day, Scott Brayton turned in the fastest lap ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brayton was traveling at 214.199 MPH in the third lap of qualifying, broke the single lap record previously held by Tom Sneva in the 1984 time trials. He was also the youngest driver ever in the front row.
Johnny Herrera won the Super Sprint Car race at the Aztec Speedway, Aztec,NM
Tom Wanner won the URC Sprint Car race over Kramer Williamson, Gary Gollub and Dave Kelly at the Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport,NJ
Rick Ferkel won the All Star Sprint Car race over Fred Linder, Kenny Jacobs, Jack Hewitt and Ron Semelka at the Fremont Speedway , Fremont,OH
Sammy Swindell won the World of Outlaws feature over Steve Kinser, Dave Blaney, Jeff Swindell and Shane Carson at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis,IN
Don Kreitz Jr won the Super Sprint Car race over Paul Lotier, Len Krautheim, Frankie Kerr and Jerry Stone at the Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove,PA
Sleepy Tripp won the USAC Midget race over Mario Bringetto, Robby Flock, Tommy White and Rusty Rasmussen at the Santa Maria Speedway, Santa Maria,CA
Keith Kauffman won the Super Sprint Car race over Darren Eash, Tighe Scott, Doug Wolfgang and Joey Gravino at the Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal,PA
Eddie Bellinger won the Super Modified race over Steve Gioia, Bentley Warren, Mike Muldoon and Tim Nelson at the Oswego Speedway, Oswego,NY
Stevie Smith won the Super Sprint Car race over Steve Siegel, Steve Smith, Mike Herbert and Steve Stambaugh at the Lincoln Speedway, Hanover,PA
Mike Sweeney won the USAC Sprint Car race over Rickey Hood, Steve Butler, Brad Noffsinger and Eddie Wirth at the Lawton Speedway, Lawton,OK
Anthony Perrego won the Short Track Super Series North Region race over Matt Williamson, Mike Mahaney, Tyler Dippel and Scott Ferrier at the Accord Speedway, Accord, NY. The Crate 602 Sportsman feature was won by Joey Bruning over Kyle Ronner, Tim Hartman Jr., Payton Talbot and Tyler Johnston.