This Week in Racing History (September 26-October 2)

This Week in Racing History September 26 - NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek born (1963). - At 1:05 pm, Vern Schuppan pulls his Eagle Formula A car onto the streets of Long Beach, California, USA, and runs...

This Week in Racing History

September 26 - NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek born (1963).

- At 1:05 pm, Vern Schuppan pulls his Eagle Formula A car onto the streets of Long Beach, California, USA, and runs the first lap "in anger" by a race car there (1975).

September 27 - Engineer Morris Nunn born (1938).

- Eddie Sachs leads all 100 laps in winning the USAC race at Trenton, New Jersey, USA (1959).

September 28 - Drag racer Gene Snow born (1937).

- Rodger Ward drives a roadster to victory in the USAC race at Trenton, New Jersey, USA. Jimmy Reece dies on the way to the hospital after crashing on the final lap (1958).

- Pre-war Grand Prix great Rudolph Caracciola dies of cancer (1959).

September 29 - Pat O'Conner beats Johnny Thompson by 9.9 seconds in the first 100-mile USAC champcar race on the newly paved 1-mile oval at Trenton, New Jersey, USA (1957).

- CART Champcar driver Memo Gidley is born to American parents in Mexico (1969).

September 30 - F1 and sportcar driver Jochen Mass born (1946).

- Sportscar great Al Holbert dies in plane crash near Columbus, Ohio, USA (1988).

October 1 - Jim Clark wins his third straight USGP at Watkins Glen, New York, this time driving a Lotus-Ford (1967).

- Richard Petty announces that he will retire after the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup season (1991).

October 2 - First event held on Sheepshead Bay, New York, USA, board track (1915).

- Louis de Palma drives a Benz to victory in the Vanderbilt Cup race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (1912).

- Lee Petty wins his first NASCAR race, in a Plymouth, at 1/2-mile Heidelburg Speedway in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA (1949).

Previous installments of This Week in Racing History can be found at motorsport.com.

Copyright Michael J. Stucker 1999 stucker@$sugar-land.spc.slb.com Remove "$" from email address above. www.flash.net/~cstucker

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Drivers Joe Nemechek , Memo Gidley , Jim Clark , Richard Petty , Al Holbert , Vern Schuppan , Morris Nunn , Jochen Mass , Rodger Ward , Lee Petty