This Week in Racing History (May 5-11)

This Week in Racing History May 5 David "Salt" Walther completes his Indianapolis rookie test (1972). May 6 Driving for Cotton Owens in the Rebel 300 at Darlington, South Carolina, USA, Ralph Earnhardt, father of Dale Earnhardt Sr., makes his...

This Week in Racing History

May 5
David "Salt" Walther completes his Indianapolis rookie test (1972).

May 6
Driving for Cotton Owens in the Rebel 300 at Darlington, South Carolina, USA, Ralph Earnhardt, father of Dale Earnhardt Sr., makes his NASCAR Grand National debut (1961).

May 7
Achille Varzi, nursing a sick Bugatti 2300, passes a supposedly out of gas Tazio Nuvolari on the last lap to win the Tripoli Grand Prix at Mellaha. The race was actually fixed as part of a Tripoli GP Lottery scam. The drivers and lottery winner Enrico Rivio get away with it. (1933).

May 8
NASCAR Truck racer Nathan Buttke born (1975).

May 9
Smokey Yunick, NASCAR and Indy mechanic and owner of the "Best Damn Garage in Town" in Daytona, Florida, USA, dies of leukemia at age 77 (2001).

May 10
Drag racer Don Prudhomme officially nicknamed "The Snake" when it is used in an article in Drag News magazine (1964).

May 11
Jack Sears wins British Saloon Car race at Silverstone in American Ford Galaxy (1963).

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Series History
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Nathan Buttke , Don Prudhomme , Tazio Nuvolari