Tuesday, August 25, 2020

1967 - Don White beats Parnelli, Foyt at Indiana State Fairgrounds

Don White is surrounded by well-wishers after winning the Indiana State Fair Century. 

Indianapolis, Ind. (August 25, 1967) - Don White of Keokuk, Iowa. won his third straight stock car race on the Indiana State Fairgrounds track Friday night, beating Parnelli Jones and A. J. Foyt in the State Fair Century.

White averaged 83.979 miles per hour in a Dodge Charger and won $6,707. He took the lead for keeps on the seventieth mile of the 100-mile race.

The Iowa driver, who leads U.S. Auto Club stock car racing standings, set a qualifying record of 91.30 m.p.h. the old mark was 90.589, set last year by the late Billy Foster.

Foyt led the first 37 miles. Both White and Jones passed him during his compulsory pit stop. Foyt, who won the Indianapolis 500-mile race Memorial Day, crashed on the lap 83 when the front end of his car developed mechanical trouble. He was not hurt.

The race set records for the event with a crowd of 17,820 paid and a purse of $24,250.

Jones was second in a Ford Fairlane and won $3,405. Al Unser of Albuquerque, N.M., took third in a Dodge Charger, which he banged up in a practice in a collision with Bill Cheesbourg of Tucson, Ariz. Cheesbourg did not make the race.

Results –

1. Don White, Keokuk, Iowa
2. Parnelli Jones, Torrance, Calif.
3. Al Unser, Albuquerque, N.M.
4. Paul Goldsmith, Munster, Ind.
5. Norm Nelson, Racine, Wis.
6. Roger Regeth, West Allis, Wis.
7. Gary Bettenhausen, Tinley Park, Ill.
8. Whitey Gerken, Melrose, Ill.
9. Eddie Meyer, Glenview, Ill.
10. Sal Tovella, Addison, Ill.

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