crowd estimated at 10,000 saw White catch Les Snow on the ninety-third lap and
roar to the front to get the checkered flag in near-record time.
hailing from Keokuk, Iowa, picked up the winner’s check for the fourth straight
time in stock car races and shot into contention for the USAC national stock
car championship. White’s victory was worth 100 points on the championship
trail and he moved into third place in the standings ahead of Rodger Ward. Ward
was a visitor at the track yesterday, but was unable to race because of an eye
a 1960 Ford, White was clocked in 50 minutes and 48 seconds for the 100 laps.
His time was a little more than a minute and a half slower than the track
record set by Nelson Stacy last year. White crossed the finish line some 200 feet
to the good of Snow, who drove the last 30 laps with a broken sway bar on his 1960
Pontiac . Until
his car developed mechanical trouble, Snow had led the greater part of the
charge ahead of the pack on the fourth lap and stayed ahead until Paul
Goldsmith caught and passed him on lap 43. But Snow regained the lead the very
next lap. But after a broken sway bar forced him to drive a more cautious race,
Snow saw a lead of nearly half a lap, slowly shrink.
and Tony Bettenhausen, meanwhile had staged a terrific duel between them for
the number three spot and at times were only about 100 yards back of the
driving a 1958 Ford owned by Rodger Ward, hung on to the third spot until the
forty-fifth lap when White passed him. The White-Bettenhausen duel was going on
while Snow and Goldsmith were running tail to tail up front.
Goldsmith had gained the lead and then lost it again, the Michigan driver experienced mechanical
trouble. A sway bar broke on his 1960 Pontiac and he went into a bad spin
coming out of turn two. He managed to keep the car under control but was later
forced to make a pit stop for a tire change. Goldsmith lost ground during the
pit stop and later a tire blew out on lap 96 and forced him out of the race.
a hot contender for the national stock car championship and in second place in the
point standings prior to the race, hung behind Snow to win third place money.
Norm Nelson, currently leading the point standings, was fourth in a 1960 Ford, and
John Rostek, also driving a 1960 Ford, was fifth
added to his second-place money by winning the first of two 10-lap heat races.
After Nelson’s car developed mechanical trouble on the fifth lap, Snow shot to
the front and got the checkered flag ahead of Bill Cheesbourg and White. Snow's
time was 4 minutes and 58 seconds.
Tovella, driving a 1960 Ford, won the second 10-lapper. Al Swenson was second.
Elmer Musgrave was third. The time was 5 minutes and 10 minutes.
won the 4-lap trophy dash, finishing ahead of White and Rostek in the time of 2
minutes and 40 seconds.
started in the trophy dash but was forced out on the second lap when the
differential went out on his car. His mechanics did a quick repair job in order
to get the car ready for the remainder of the program.
set a qualifying record for the track with a 28.13 second clocking, breaking
the old mark set by Stacy last year.