Kansas City, Mo. (July 5, 1968) – Carl Williams of Grandview, Mo., waited until he got before his hometown crowd to win his first-ever United States Auto Club sprint car race.Williams, driving hiss own sprint car, not only won the 30-lap feature on Friday night at Lakeside Speedway but swept he entire race program.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 starter was the only one of 26 qualifiers to time in less than 23 seconds. He then won the first heat, then capped the evening by leading start to finish in the man event.
For his night’s work before a crowd of 6,895, Williams collected $1,315. The feature paid $1,075 and heat win victory was worth $40 and fast qualifiers on the USAC circuit are paid $200.
It wasn’t easy for Williams as George Snider of Bakersfield, Calif., broke from his second row outside starting position at the green flag and stuck the nose of his sprinter into Williams’ tailpipe for the entire race.
Larry Dickson of Marietta, Ohio, the USAC point leader, ran a strong third after starting alongside Williams on the front row.
One of the night’s finest driving performances came from Greg Weld of Kansas City, who barely made the field. Weld was the 20th fastest qualifier in what was a 19-car field.
In the semi-final, however, Weld drove to a fifth place finish which placed him dead last in the field. From there, he passed car after car until the checkered flag fell, giving him a fifth place finish behind Gary Bettenhausen of Tinley Park, Ill.
1. Carl Williams
2. George Snider
3. Larry Dickson
4. Gary Bettenhausen
5. Greg Weld
6. Bruce Walkup
7. Don Brown
8. Wib Spaulding
9. Herman Wise