Saturday, September 8, 2012

1963 - Foyt Loses Race to Car He Traded


Paul Goldsmith @ Langhorne Speedway - 1963
 

Langhorne, Pa. (September 8, 1963) – All season long, A. J. Foyt had been driving one of Norm Nelson’s 1963 Plymouths in the United States Auto Club races and had scored four victories this year to gain the lead in the national point scoring.

But last week, the Houston, Tex., veteran switched to a 1963 Ford.

Nelson, of Racine, Wis. who is quite a driver himself, immediately turned the Foyt car over to Paul Goldsmith, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., the national USAC champion.

Goldsmith, driving the 1963 Plymouth in which Foyt had set records for the mile and the 150-mile in May, Sunday won the 250-mile national championship for late model stock cars in a record time at Langhorne Speedway.

He shattered both the 250-lap and one-lap records as he scored his first Langhorne victory since 1957 and his second triumph of the 1963 season.

Goldsmith won the pole position with a 96.527 miles per hour, 37.295 second qualifying lap to eclipse the 96.087 mph, 37.466 second mark set by Foyt in the 150 in May.

He finished in 2 hours, 41 minutes and 48.9 seconds, an average speed of 92.706 mile per hour to chuck the old mark of 3:4:11.08 and 81.440 mph set by Mike Klapak of Pittsburgh in 1959.

Results –

1. Paul Goldsmith
2. Norm Nelson
3. A.J. Foyt
4. Don White
5. Curtis Turner
6. Frankie Schneider
7. Herb Shannon
8. Elmer Musgrave
9. Bill Cheesbourg
10. John Rostek

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