Thursday, July 8, 2021

1962 - Jones Cops First at Raceway Park

Rufus "Parnelli" Jones

Clermont, Ind. (July 8, 1962) - Parnelli Jones, Torrance, Cal., led throughout the 30 laps today and captured his first USAC sprint car feature win of the season at Raceway Park.

Jones collected $1,245 in prizes — $750 for winning the feature, $250 for his appearance as national defending sprint champion, $200 for the fastest qualifying speed and $45 for winning his heat.

Jim Hurtubise, North Tonawanda, N.Y., and the current national sprint car leader, finished second and Don Davis, Phoenix, Ariz., was third. Roger McCluskey, Tucson, Ariz., and Chuck Hulse, Downey, Calif., rounded out the top five.

McCluskey also took the second heat and the third was won by Davis. Elmer George, Indianapolis, won the 10-lap consolation run.

A. J. Foyt, Houston, Tex., was running third in the feature when he blew a tire on the twenty-fifth lap. His auto skidded, spun halfway around and smashed into the outside wall. Foyt jumped from the racer and was not hurt.

Jones qualifying time was 24.93 seconds around the 5/8-mile track. He owns the Raceway Park record of 24.41 seconds.

There were no serious wrecks. Dave Norris of Columbus, Ind., however, spun in the first turn after his qualification attempt.

Results –

1. Parnelli Jones
2. Jim Hurtubise
3. Don Davis
4. Roger McCluskey
5. Chuck Hulse
6. Bob Mathouser
7. Jim McElreath
8. Leroy Neumeyer
9. Bob King
10.Don Branson
11.A.J. Foyt
12.Arnie Knepper
13.Al Miller
14.Elmer George

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