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671120 Repub Race 1 - Clocks 109-Plus; Al Unser Second By DENNIS WOOD...
Clocks 109-Plus; Al Unser Second By DENNIS WOOD Mario Andretti, in an uphill fight all year long to retain his national driving championship, isn't weakening. The brilliant little Italian racer saw to it yesterday the coveted crown won t be relinquished easily with a smashing world record triumph in the 200-mil Bobby Ball Championship at Phoenix International Raceway. Coupled with championship leader A. J. Foyt's mechanical woes the victory put Andretti in excellent position to annex his third straight title as the Indy car circuit heads for its final stop next week at Riverside, Calif. ANDRETTI, IN the Dean Van Lines Special averaged 109.869 m.p.h. for the one-hour, 49.13 second grind, besting Lloyd Ruby's 107.671 m.p.h. record in the 1964 Ball race. And it could just as easily have been Bobby Unser's record. Bobby Unser Sets Pace Unser, in perhaps his greatest moment ever on the U.S. Auto Club circuit, led 180 of the 200 miles before a slipping clutch gave Andretti a long-awaited shot after a nose-to-tail duel that started on the first lap and never slowed until the checkered flag. Unser had set a track qualifying record with a 29.38 second trip around the mile paved oval, averaging 122.5 m.p.h., and looked cream of the crop when he beat Andretti into the first turn at the green. BUT, TRY AS he did, Unser couldn't keep up the late race pace due to his misfortune and brother Al Unser ended up slipping by 10 laps from the finish for second place — seven seconds off Andretti's performance. Bobby limped in third, followed by Gordon Johncock and Lloyd Ruby. Ninth and 10th place finishers Ronnie Duman and Arnie Knepper filed a protest against sixth through eighth place finishers Bud Tingelstad, Mel Kenyon and Bob Hurt, claiming a higher finish. USAC officials said they wouldn't decide on the matter until the next board of directors meeting at Indianapolis. Record Crowd on Edge O A RECORD 17,800 spectators, contributing to a record $43,100 purse, stayed to the end. Several times the crowd rose in force as Andretti would pull even with Bobby Unser in crowded traffic situations, but Unser would hold him off. Ironically, Al Unser hardly was counted on to finish near the top after a spin on the 53rd lap during a hectic battle for fourth with Roger McCluskey and Gordon Johncock. McCluskey, however, ended up the casualty when he rammed in the nose cone of his G. C. Murphy Special, splitting the radiator and putting him out. UP TO THAT point, though, the Tuc- sonan was giving the frontrunners all they could handle as he continually pressured his adversaries. First 3 Cars Rear-Engined McCluskey, seldom seen more red- faced, explained that "when Al got sideways, (Gary) Bettenhausen put on the brakes. It's the flagman's fault. He isn't too sharp on the move over flag." It was one of four harmless mishaps throughout the day. Surprisingly, the top three finishers were in Ford-powered rear engine racers, although the expected Ford-Offenhauser battle did blossom on a few occasions. JOHNCOCK WAS making his debut with an Offenhauser and might have been closer to the front except for a refueling pit stop. Ruby and Art Pollord also gave good accounts of themselves, but they, too, (Continued on Page 49) Zip Pocket Rips Record At Paradise By CARL SOTO Unbelievable. That's the only word to describe Zip Pocket. The Bensinger Bullet, piloted by Eddie Burns, ran to his third world record at Turf Paradise yesterday when he scorched the track with a 1:01% performance for 5Vz furlongs. The Richard Hazelton-trained colt, who has smashed records in every one of four appearances here, became the first horse in thoroughbred racing history to hold three world marks at one time after hitting the finish line in the $3,000 Black Canyon Handicap. Nearest rival Blazing Silk was five lengths behind. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Bensinger of Chicago, Zip Pocket clipped 1/5 of a second off the world standard set here only Saturday by Mrs. Raymond Bauer's Vale of Tears in winning the Inaugural Handicap. The sensational showing served up a racing oddity with the Zipper's eclipsing of a record the day after it (Continued on Page 50) Credits Clint and Crew Andretti Busses Everyone But Brawner After Win By DOUG TODD Mario Andretti kissed his wife, and then he kissed his three-year-old son, and then kissed the trophy girl. And he probably would have kissed his chief mechanic, Clint Brawner, if there hadn't been so many people crowded around. "The doggone car just runs all day," yesterday's Bobby Ball 200 winner said when he had a chance to catch his breath. "You've got to credit Clint and the crew." Brawner, the Phoenix resident who supervises and takes a hand in all the work on Andretti's Dean Van Lines Special, was treating himself to a smile that stretched most of the way across his face. FOR ANDRETTI and Brawner, the victory meant they're still in the running for an unprecedented third consecutive U.S. Auto Club championship. A. J. Foyt, who now leads Andretti by 340 points with one race to go, ran into trouble early yesterday and failed to finish in the money. "I saw A. J. slip," said Andretti, "and when I came around Clint held up a sign that said 'Foyt,' and I knew he was out. I started playing it a little cooler then. With A. J. out I figured second or third was better than nothing ... I was still going for it, but I was using a little strategy." After chasing Bobby Unser for 180 miles, Andretti finally sneaked past him into the lead as the record crowd of 17,800 stood and went a little daffy. "Bobby slipped coming out of No. 4," said Andretti. "Once I was by him I was all right." "THE CLUTCH went out," Unser, who finally finished third behind brother Al, said afterwards. "It started slipping before Mario passed me and got worse after that." Next week? At Riverside, Calif., with the national championship at stake, Andretti will be looking out for these folks: "Dan Gurney will go quick. And Ruby will go. And Bobby Unser goes like hell on a road course like Riverside's. And Foyt. "Foyt wants to win the championship," concluded Andretti. "I don't blame him." YESTERDAY'S PURSE totaled $42,685. Andretti's share was $13,218.75. Duane Carter, the old Indianapolis hero who remembers when automobile racing results could be found back on the truss ad page and the paychecks showed it, commented on those figures yesterday. "I don't begrudge any of today's drivers. I just came along at the wrong time, that's all. I'm glad to see it happen to racing. And the day's devotion to duty badge has to go the Maricopa County deputy sheriff who spotted a man smoking in the area where the race cars parked. "I'm sorry sir," he said, "you'll have to put that out or leave the pits." Parnelli Jones, a spectator at yesterday's races, extinguished his cigaret. Lorick Has In Baltimore BALTIMORE (AP) — The undefeated Matte and Tony Lorick with the passing of 41-7 rout of the Detroit Lions in a National It was the eighth victory for the only football this season and kept the Colts a game Coastal Division. Baltimore has been tied IN A RARE DISPLAY of offensive balance between running and passing,

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 20 Nov 1967, Mon,
  3. Page 70

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