Langhorne, Penn. (September 8, 1963) – All season long, A.J. Foyt had been driving one of Norm Nelson’s Plymouths in the United States Auto Club races and had scored four victories to gain the lead in the national point standings.
But, last week, the Houston, Tex., veteran switched to a 1963 Ford.
Nelson, of Racine, Wis., and quite the driver himself, immediately turned the Foyt car over to Paul Goldsmith of St. Clair Shores, Mich., the defending USAC national champion.
Goldsmith, driving the Plymouth which Foyt had set records for the mile and 150-mile in May, won the 250-mile national championship for late model stock cars on Sunday in record time at Langhorne Speedway.
He finished the race in 2 hours, 41 minutes and 48 seconds – for an average speed of 92.706 miles per hour – to shatter the old mark of 3 hours, 47 minutes and 11 seconds and 81.440 miles per hour set by Mike Klapak of Pittsburgh in 1959.
The runner-up was Nelson, also driving a 1963 Plymouth. He finished a mile behind Goldsmith.
Foyt came in third, six miles back, after replacing John Kilborn of Decatur, Ill., in a 1963 Dodge when Foyt’s Ford was wrecked in a collision with Johnny Rostek of Fort Collins, Colo., near the 90th mile after he had taken the lead.
1. Paul Goldsmith, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
2. Norm Nelson, Racine, Wis.
3. A.J. Foyt, Houston, Tex.
4. Don White, Keokuk, Iowa
5. Curtis Turner, Roanoke, Va.
6. Frankie Schneider, Flemington, N.J.
7. Herb Shannon, Peoria, Ill.
8. Elmer Musgrave, Niles, Ill.
9. Bill Cheesbourg, Tucson, Ariz.
10.Lee Drollinger, Champaign, Ill.