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.
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