Salem, Ind. (September 23, 1956) - Eddie Sachs of Greensboro, S. C., captured the 100-lap United States Auto Club-sanctioned Joe James Memorial big car sprint race here Sunday afternoon.Sachs in the Cheesman Special won the 50-mile feature after catching Pat O'Connor of North Vernon, Ind., on the 43rd lap. It was strictly a two-car race between Sachs and O'Connor the entire route. O'Connor pushed Sachs all the way.
The North Vernon speedster, who was piloting the Bob Estes Special, finished in second place. He also set the fastest qualifying time of the afternoon.
The race which attracted a nearly record crowd and some of the nation’s top drivers was delayed until almost 5 o'clock due to rain.
Andy Linden, veteran Indianapolis pilot, crossed the finish line in third place followed by Tony Bettenhausen, another 500-mile veteran.
Fifth place went to Bob Veith the 1956 Indianapolis Speedway “Rookie of the year”.
Other top-10 finishers in order were Jim McWithey, Ed Elisian, Don Branson, Gene Force and Red Renner.
1. Eddie Sachs
2. Pat O’Conner
3. Andy Linden
4. Tony Bettenhausen
5. Bob Veith
6. Jim McWithey
7. Ed Elisian
8. Don Branson
9. Gene Force