Friday, April 29, 2022

1962 – Nelson First at Raceway Park

Norm Nelson pits during the running of the 200-lap USAC stock car race at IRP. He would go on to win the event. 

Clermont, Ind. (April 29, 1962) – Norm Nelson of Racine, Wis., maintained his grasp on first place in the national stock car standings by winning a 200-lap event at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Sunday.

A crowd of more than 8,000 fans watched Nelson roar into the lead on lap 194 and stay ahead to pick up the $1,090 winner’s share.

Nelson shot into first place when race leader Len Sutton of Portland, Ore., blew a tire on his 1961 Pontiac. Earlier, Paul Goldsmith of St. Clair Shores, Mich., had been forced out of the race by mechanical troubles after leading the first 141 circuits.

Goldsmith qualified for the pole position at 80.07 miles per hour, a new track record.

Another accident sidelined A.J. Foyt of Houston, Tex., the 1961 Indianapolis 500 winner. Foyt was riding in second place when his 1961 Pontiac blew a tire a crashed against the outside wall. Foyt was not hurt.

Don White of Keokuk, Iowa, finished second and Sutton concluded his tire repair in time to place third. Rodger Ward of Indianapolis was fourth and Nelson’s teammate, Milt Curcio, also of Racine, rounded out the top five.

Results –

1. Norm Nelson
2. Don White
3. Len Sutton
4. Rodger Ward
5. Milt Curcio
6. Whitey Johnson
7. Dick Rathmann
8. Paul Goldsmith
9. Bob Slensby
10.Gene Marmor
11.Herb Shannon
12.Elmer Musgrave
13.Eddie Meyer
14.Whitey Traeder
15.Neil Houston
16.A.J. Foyt
17.Bill Cheesbourg
18.Dave Lundman
19.Eddie Sachs
20.Dick Passwater
21.Skeeter Wyman
22.Bill Shoulders
23.Roy Atkinson
24.John Rostek
25.Whitey Gerken
26.Roger Shears
27.Ray Berry
28.Ted Rosenski
29.Jim Locke

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