It was a happy end to a day that had been full of hardships for Tobias, who is in his second year on the USAC circuit.
After arriving in
by plane from Des Moines ,
Tobias was unable to find a ride to Milwaukee, Wis. .
He ended up paying a cab driver $18 to get here. Knoxville
Then, Dick went through two fuel pumps and spun out once during time trials before getting his difficulties corrected.
Tobias wound equaling the best time in trials, 21.77 seconds by Joe Saldana of
, and then easily captured
the second heat. Brownsburg,
Tobias started in the third row in the feature, moved into second behind Sessions on lap 10 then overtook the Indianapolis 500 veteran on the twenty-first trip around the half-mile track.
Only Sessions and
regular Ray Lee Goodwin of Knoxville ,
who started on the pole, challenged seriously after that, Sessions taking
second and Goodwin third. Lee Kunzman of Guttenberg finished fourth after
starting in fifteenth position and Tom Bigelow of Kansas City, Mo. ,
was fifth. Whitewater, Wis.
Two minor accidents delayed the feature with Jim Malloy of
, the fourth place finisher in the Indy
500, being involved in both. Malloy, Merle Bettenhausen of Tinley Park, Ill.,
and Bill Puterbaugh of Denver, Colo. , got tangled up on lap three
with Puterbaugh hitting the wall and being forced out of action. Speedway,
Then on lap 29, Malloy and Saldana spun coming out of turn three and both went to the sidelines.
Greg Weld of
had engine trouble, and completed only eight laps of the feature. Kansas City, Mo.
Dick Tobias, Lebanon,
2. Sam Sessions,
3. Ray Lee Goodwin,
Kansas City, Mo.
4. Lee Kunzman,
5. Tom Bigelow,
6. Rollie Beale,
7. Gary Bettenhausen,
Tinley Park, Ill.
8. Johnny Parsons Jr., Reseda,
9. Karl Busson,
10. Don Nordhorn,
11. Darl Harrison,
12. Jimmy Oskie,
13. Larry Rice,
14. Merle Bettenhausen,
Tinley Park, Ill.
15. Joe Saldana,
16. Jim Malloy,
17. Larry Cannon,
Fort Worth, Tex.
, Dawson Lima, Ohio
City, Greg Weld, Kansas Mo.
20. Bill Puterbaugh,