This Week in Racing History (October 14-20)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker October 14 Top Fuel drag racer Wayne Bailey dies from injuries suffered in a crash during the IHRA National event at Shreveport, Louisiana, USA (2000). October 15 Craig Breedlove becomes the first...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

October 14
Top Fuel drag racer Wayne Bailey dies from injuries suffered in a crash during the IHRA National event at Shreveport, Louisiana, USA (2000).

October 15
Craig Breedlove becomes the first man to drive 500 mph when he sets a new World Land Speed Record of 526.277 mph on the Bonneville Salt Falts in his "Spirit of America". He crashes and wrecks the jet car at the end of the second run when his brakes fail (1964).

October 16 Donnie Allison makes his NASCAR Grand National debut by finishing 27th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, USA (1966).

October 17
James Hunt clinches the F1 Driving Championship when he finishes third in the Japanese Grand Prix at Mt. Fuji (1976).

October 18
Denny Hulme drives a McLaren M8D to victory in the Laguna Seca, California, USA, Can-Am race (1970).

October 19
Count Louis Vorow Zborowski dies in wreck during the Italian GP at Monza. Antonio Ascari, driving an Alfa Romeo P2, wins the race (1924).

October 20
Darrell Waltrip wins the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Rockingham, North Carolina, USA (1985).

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Series History
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Denny Hulme , Donnie Allison , James Hunt