On this date way back in 1951, Parker Bohn won a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman event at Wall Stadium (NJ). Bohn raced away from Gordon Oldford and Mickey Rorer for the victory. He won four known races under the NASCAR banner at Wall Stadium that year.
Bohn started racing in his 30s and won six track championships at Wall Stadium (NJ), while also finding success at other area tracks.
He was inducted into the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 2008. Bohn’s grandson is Danny Bohn, who is a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner and track champion at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC).
This is where is gets interesting. Another grandson of Bohn’s, Parker Bohn, III, is a left-handed bowler and a member of the Professional Bowlers Association. He has 35 PBA Tour wins and has won over $3 million in earnings.
1961 – Friday Hassler won a Modified race at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL). Earl Albts was second and Bill Latham was third. Hassler would later go on to win the 1969 Snowball Derby. In 1972, Hassler died due to injuries sustained in a 13-car pileup at Daytona International Speedway during a qualifying race.
1979 – Jody Ridley was victorious in the World Classic 300 at Birmingham International Raceway over Billy McGinnis and Red Farmer. The 300-lap race on a flat 0.626-mile oval had a measured distance of 187 miles. We can only assume the race took more than three hours to run.
1990 – A victory at Crossville Raceway (TN) helped kick off Scott Bloomquist’s 1990 season. By our records and his website, it shows he was a 38-time winner that season, which was the best thus far in his career. Bloomquist would win the Summer Nationals and the World 100 that year as well.
1995 – Mike Garvey takes a time-shortened race at Southern National with the Hooters Pro Cup Late Model Series back in 1995. According to a local newspaper report, the race was stopped after 53 laps. A series of wrecks ended the race around the 11 p.m. hour, giving Garvey the win, The race was being telecasted live on SportSouth and after the broadcast went off the air, the fans littered the track with beer and soda cans in protest of the shortened event.
2006 – Korey Ruble had the hot hand early on in the 2006 Georgia Asphalt season. On this date, he won his third event in a row at three different Georgia tracks. Ruble won this race at Peach State Speedway (GA) in the tech line after Ryan Sieg and Kevin Perry were disqualified from the top spots.
2010 – C.E. Falk won the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Southside Speedway (VA). Falk started third and led 65 of the 254 laps. Tony Stewart was second and Eddie Johnson was third. Denny Hamlin was fourth after leading 172 laps. Falk and Hamlin made contact for the lead in the final set of corners. This was the third and final time the race was held at Southside.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy
-Photo credit: Charlie Taylor