Thursday, September 21, 2023

1968 – Bettenhausen Wins at Reading

Race winner Gary Bettenhausen is flanked by promoters Lindy Vicari (left) and Al Gaspari (right) after his 30-lap USAC victory at the Reading Fairgrounds.  

Reading, Penn. (September 21,1968) – Gary Bettenhausen won the United States Auto Club 30-lap sprint car Saturday night, lapping every driver in the field except Bruce Walkup, Jerry Daniels, and Larry Dickson.

The Tinley Park, Ill., pilot completed the race in 11 minutes and 57.57 seconds, two seconds slower than the track mark for the event, set by Bobby Unser in 1965.

Larry Dickson of Marietta, Ohio, set the qualifying pace with a time of 23.61 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval but blew his motor in his qualifying heat race and borrowed a car to finish fourth in the main event. Bettenhausen was second fastest with a time of 23.63 seconds.

Results –

1. Gary Bettenhausen
2. Bruce Walkup
3. Jerry Daniels
4. Larry Dickson
5. Herman Wise
6. Rollie Beale
7. Bob Pratt
8. Ralph Liguori
9. Sam Sessions
10.John Capel
11.Don Brown
12.Carl Williams
13.George Snider
14.Wib Spaulding

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