Thursday, August 11, 2022

1963 – Bowsher in Dayton Metropolitan 300

Jack Bowsher is interviewed in victory lane after winning the Metropolitan 300. 

Dayton, Ohio (August 11, 1963) – MARC point-leader Jack Bowsher of Springfield, Ohio, won the 10th annual Metropolitan 300 at Dayton Speedway Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 6,000, beating Virgil Barbe of Detroit, Mich., to the checkered flag.

Bowsher, driving a 1963 Ford, picked up 100 points for his 300-lap feature victory and now boasts 2,670 points. Iggy Katona of Willis, Mich., the defending MARC national champion and second in the point standings, finished 10th and received 5 points.

A record 41 cars started in the new car thriller and 23 were still running at the end. There were no serious accidents but at least a half-dozen cars tagged the wall on the famed high-banked half-mile track.

Bowsher took the lead on lap 65 after Dick Freeman and Em Reubush, both of Dayton, Ohio, and Barbee had all taken a turn out front and held it until lap 162 when he came in for an early pit stop. Bowsher took the lead back from Barbe on lap 190 and held it the rest of the way. He was in front of Barbe, who was driving Paul Goldsmith’s old car, by more than a lap at the end.

Barbe established a new track record in time trials with a clocking of 20.73 seconds or 93.738 miles per hour, also a new world’s record for a half-mile asphalt track. Len Sutton of Portland, Ore., held the old record of 20.82 seconds.

Results –

1. Jack Bowsher
2. Virgil Barbe
3. Dick Freeman
4. Jim Cushman
5. Paul Parks
6. Mike Klapak
7. Jack Shanklin
8. Jack Ploughe
9. Les Snow
10. Dudley Stacy
11. Iggy Katona
12. Jim Robinson
13. Art Weber
14. Paul Wensink
15. Wimpy May
16. Chuck Weinstenger
17. Terry Blakely
18. Jerry Lawrence
19. Cleo Ashley
20. Buddy Ward
21. Blaine Kaufman
22. Jim Bray
23. Virgil Stockton
24. Bob Sandman
25. Charley Glotzbach
26. Grant Wilmot
27. Dick Dunlevy
28. Clyde Parker
29. Ken Cline
30. Joy Fair

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