Wednesday, April 17, 2024

1960 – Reading Sprint Won by Foyt

A.J. Foyt unstraps his helmet while being interviewed by Chris Economaki after winning the season-opening 30-lap USAC sprint car feature at the Reading Fairgrounds. 

Reading, Penn. (April 17, 1960) – A.J. Foyt of Houston, Tex., sent his Offenhauser roaring around the Reading Fairgrounds oval to victory in the 15-mile sweepstakes race. His winning time was 18 minutes and 20.41 seconds.

Foyt took the lead on the first lap and was never passed by any of the other 15 competitors. It marked the opening of the 1960 United State Auto Club Eastern sprint car season.

Two drivers escaped with minor injuries after running cars off the half-mile track. Art Plas of Elyria, Ohio, hit a concrete retaining wall during time trials. His Offenhauser flipped over in the air and landed on all four wheels. Plas walked away bruised but uninjured.

Jim Hemming of Bedford, Ind., hit a pole and a fence. He cut his chin.

Finishing behind Foyt were Jim Hurtubise of Lennox, Calif., Jiggs Peters of Neshanic, N.J., Don Branson of Champaign, Ill., and Bob Tattersall of Streator, Ill.

Results –

1. A.J. Foyt
2. Jim Hurtubise
3. Jiggs Peters
4. Don Branson
5. Bob Tattersall
6. Wayne Weiler
7. Roger McCluskey
8. Jerry Blundy
9. Al Herman
10.Bud Tingelstad

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