Va. (July 4, 1964) - Jack Bowsher of ,
ended a siege of tough luck at West Virginia International Speedway by winning
the $8,000 holiday Cherry Bomb 400-lap race in his 1964 Ford. Springfield, Ohio
Bowsher, who won $1,725 of the purse for taking his seventh Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race, finished well ahead of runner-up Bobby Watson of
Watson, also driving a 1964 Ford, set a new track record of 79.15 miles per
hour to nail down the pole position for the July 4 race. Louisville, Kentucky
Bowsher roared into the lead on lap 230 after front running Dick Freeman's 1963
– the car that Paul Goldsmith drove
last year – lost a tire smashed into the wall. Bowsher, running right behind
Freeman but for lapse back as a result of an earlier mishap, got around
Freeman’s mangled car and had clear sailing the remainder of the way. Freeman,
of Pontiac , wound up fourth, just behind Jack
Shanklin of Dayton, Ohio ,
who was behind the wheel of a 1963 Mercury. Indianapolis
Bowsher, defending ARCA champion, averaged 69.69 miles per hour for the distance – another track record.
Jim Cushman, of
driving Bowsher's second 1964 Ford, held the old mark of 65.60 miles per hour. Columbus, Ohio
Nelson Stacy of
who started fifth, barged into first place on the second lap and was rolling
along until his 1964 Ford lost oil pressure on the 12th lap. None other of the
32 starters managed to get out front in the race which was slowed by seven
caution flags. Daytona Beach, Florida
1. Jack Bowsher,
2. Bobby Watson,
3. Jack Shanklin,
4. Dick Freeman,
5. Harold Smith,
6. Virgil Barbe,
7. Paul Wensink,
8. Jim Cushman,
9. Bud Harless, Gilbert, W.
10. Jerry Norris,
11. Elmer Davis,
12. Jim Robinson,
New Albany, Ind.
Clyde Parker, Detroit, Mich.
14. Pop McGinnis, Huntington, W.
15. Benny Parsons, Detroit, Mich.
16. Namon Martin,
17. Al White,
18. Charley Glotzbach,
New Albany, Ind.
19. Jerry Leblanc,
20. Dick Mitchell,
21. Homer Newland,
22. John Sommerville,
23. Don Arnold,
24. Iggy Katona,
25. Tony Lavati,
26. Danny Byrd,
27. Henry Spencer, Hamlin, W.
28. Grant Wilmot,
29. Nelson Stacy,
Daytona Beach, Fla.
30. Jim Weity,
31. Wimpy May, Chagrin Falls,