Gardena, Calif. (November 15, 1959) - Elmer Musgrave, Des Plaines, Illinois, drove a 1958 Pontiac to victory in the 100-lap USAC national stock car championship race before 5,500 fans at Ascot Stadium Sunday.
There were eight different leaders during the course of the race with Musgrave edging runner-up Roger Ward in a 1958 Ford by three seconds.
Ward claimed after the race that Musgrave had made up ground while a yellow accident flag was up, but his protest was disallowed.
Musgrave took the lead on the 38th lap and led for the remainder of the race despite challenges by Ward, Les Snow in a 1957 Pontiac and Hal Smith in a '59 Chevy.
Snow, Bloomington, Ill., finished third and Smith, Dayton, Ohio, fourth. Nelson Stacy, Maysville, Ky., grabbed fifth and John Rostek, Fort Collins, Colo., sixth.
The J.C. Agajanian-promotion grossed $8,500 with Musgrave taking home about $800.
1. Elmer Musgrave
2. Rodger Ward
3. Les Snow
4. Hal Smith
5. Nelson Stacy
6. John Rostek
7. Bill Cheesbourg
8. Bob Ross
9. Jack Bowsher