Monday, August 12, 2019

1962 – Goldsmith Wins Fair Stock 150

Paul Goldsmith takes a victory lap after winning the 150-miler at Milwaukee. 

West Allis, Wis. (August 12, 1962) – Former motorcycle racer Paul Goldsmith squeezed out a five-second victory over Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward and set an average speed record in winning the United States Auto Club 150-mile late model stock car race at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Sunday.

It was the first victory in two years of trying on the one-mile paved track for Goldsmith, of St. Clair Shores, Mich. Goldsmith, driving a 1962 Pontiac, collected $3,043 in prize money.

Goldsmith grabbed the lead from Ward with 15 miles remaining and kept the crowd of 21,087 on its feet until the very finish as he fought off challenges from both Ward and Norm Nelson of Racine, Wis.

The three cars roared around the track with Nelson only two seconds behind Goldsmith and Ward who were racing nearly bumper to exhaust pipe. Goldsmith gradually pulled away, but on lap 140 Nelson went around Ward and began to close on the leader’s four-car-length lead.

With four laps left, the three cars screamed into the first set of turns but only Goldsmith and Ward would exit as Nelson would with coil failure.

Ward, also driving a 1962 Pontiac, took second-place money of $2,150. Third-place went to Eddie Sachs of Coopersburg, Penn., in a ’62 Ford. His prize was $1,536.

Nelson was credited with 13th place.

Goldsmith averaged 92.9 miles per hour, topping the mark of 89.4 miles per hour, set a year ago by Nelson.

Results –

1. Paul Goldsmith
2. Rodger Ward
3. Eddie Sachs
4. Whitey Gerken
5. Don White
6. A.J. Foyt
7. Curtis Turner
8. Troy Ruttman
9. Len Sutton
10. Elmer Musgrave
11. Dick Rathmann
12. John Rostek
13. Norm Nelson
14. Ken Finley
15. Herb Shannon
16. Ted Hane
17. Bob Pronger
18. Bob Slensby
19. Sal Tovella
20. Neil Houston
21. Rich Clement
22. Ray Berry
23. Eddie Meyer
24. Milt Curcio
25. Bill Cornwall
26. Whitey Traeder
27. Jim Locke
28. Bay Darnell
29. Skeeter Wyman
30. Ted Rozinski

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