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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the final lap
of the Daytona 500 race on this day in 2001. Earnhardt was inducted into
numerous halls of fame, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural
class in 2010.

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Dale Earnhardt in car # 3 hits the wall hard in the 2001 Daytona 500.

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John Joseph Travolta is 65 years old today.

Actor John Travolta starred in the 1970s hit films Saturday Night Fever 
and
Grease. He went on to play Vincent Vega in the critically acclaimed
1994 film
Pulp Fiction. Travolta  also starred in the action thriller Face/Off
(1997) with Nicolas Cage.  

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NASCAR LEGEND HAS DIED AT 93


Glen Wood (July 18, 1925 – January 18, 2019)

(Fox News) – Glen Wood died on Friday, leaving behind one
of the most glorious legacies in the sport’s history.

Glen and his brother Leonard founded their namesake Wood
Brothers Racing team in 1950 and entered the NASCAR Cup
series in 1953. Glen would go on to win four races over an
11-year driving career, then help shepherd a long list of racers
that would include 19 named to NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers
list alongside him. Stars like Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough,
Junior Johnson and Bill Elliott were among the top drivers
that spent time in a Wood Brothers car.

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The Wood brothers from left: Glen and Leonard.

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SEMI-RETIRED NASCAR DRIVER IS 44 TODAY

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Busch Series Championship in 1998 and 1999
and the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. He went on to become an analyst
for NASCAR on NBC-TV. He went into his first race with a car he co-owned
with his half brother Kerry. Junior, as he is often called, won his 12th
consecutive Sprint Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award in 2014.
 

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the broadcast booth.

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FIRST AUTO RACE WAS ON THIS DAY IN 1909

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In front of some 12,000 spectators, automotive engineer Louis H.
Schwitzer wins the two-lap, five-mile inaugural race at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.


On this day in 1909, the first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
now the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500.

Built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana,
the speedway was started by local businessmen as a testing facility for
Indiana’s growing automobile industry.

 In that first five-mile race on August 19, 1909, 12,000 spectators watched
Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win with an average speed of 57.4 miles
per hour. The track’s surface of crushed rock and tar proved a disaster,
breaking up in a number of places and causing the deaths of two drivers,
two mechanics and two spectators.

The surface was soon replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks, laid in a bed
of sand and fixed with mortar. Dubbed “The Brickyard,” the speedway
reopened in December 1909.


The above photo showing the bricks that were used to resurface
the speedway track.

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Louis Schwitzer (center) and crew.

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Louis H Schwitzer
(February 29, 1880 – May 9, 1967)

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RACING LEGEND BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1951

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)

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