Wednesday 23rd July 1941
Richie Evans, a nine-time NASCAR Modified champion, was born. The “Rapid Roman” from Rome, New York, US, is credited with 28 track championships at 11 speedways across the Northeast U.S. The iconic No. 61 that adorned his trademark orange cars is the only car number retired by NASCAR in any series. Evans, who died in 1985, was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year.