Jack Bowsher - Photo courtesy of Ron Rich
Bowsher took over the lead for good when Foyt had to make a pit stop on the 77th lap on the one-mile paved track at State Fair Park. He coasted to victory under the caution light in an average speed of 95.519 miles per hour.
The light went on with five laps to go when Al Unser’s car hit the wall on the south turn and caught fire. Unser,
, who was running fifth at
the time, escaped injury. Albuquerque,
Parnelli Jones of
, who set a qualifying record of
103.68 miles per hour, led the first six laps but then blew his engine. Bowsher
then took over the lead and led until the 22nd lap when Foyt, Houston, Tex., took
over in a Torrance, Calif. Torino. Foyt, seeking a third
successive victory here, led until the 77th when he had to make a pit stop,
relinquishing the lead to Bowsher.
Foyt got back on the track but had to come off again on the 91st lap. Foyt took over Whitey Gerken’s car and shared fourth place.
, was second in a 1968 Plymouth
Roadrunner, while Norm Nelson of Tucson Ariz. , was third in a 1968
Roadrunner. Fifth in a 1968 Ford Galaxy was Art Pollard, Racine,
Wis. Medford, Ore.
The crowd of 20,423 paid a purse of $23,375.
1. Jack Bowsher,
, $5,260 Springfield, Ohio
2. Roger McCluskey,
, $3,422 Tucson, Ariz.
3. Norm Nelson,
, $2,230 Racine, Wis.
4. Whitey Gerken,
, and A. J. Foyt, Melrose Park,
Ill. , $1,323 Houston
5. Art Pollard,
, $927 Medford, Ore.
Rapids, Dick Trickle, Wisconsin ,
7. Gene Marmor,
, $686 River Grove, Ill.
8. Lamarr Marshall,
, $668 Louisville,
9. Jack Knippel,
, $658 Brookfield, Wis.
10. Bill Nelson,
, $649 Minneapolis, Minn.