680129 Repub Race

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680129 Repub Race - Following Protest r By DENNIS WOOD Defending...
Following Protest r By DENNIS WOOD Defending U.S. Auto Club stock car champ Don White of Keokuk','"' Iowa, played a waiting game — almost too long — to win the 250-mile stock car race yesterday at Phoenix International Raceway. White, driving a factory-backed 1968 Dodge Charger, didn't get to start" counting his winnings until three laps from the finish of the 93-Iap event over the 2.75-mile roadcourse when Al Unser, leading by a mile, blew an engine to turn the tide. " •• Ford, originally was announced as third place finisher but was disqualified and , placed 28th when officials found his car was 120 pounds under the minimum SMILE OF SUCCESS — Don White of Keokuk, Iowa, left, is congratulated by race promoter J. C. Agajanian after winning 250-mile stock car event yesterday at Phoenix International Republic Photo by Earl McCartney Raceway. White averaged 85 miles per hour in a 1968 Dodge Charger to speed home first after Al Unser, leading late in the race, blew an. engine. White covered the 250 miles in 3:14.27 with an average speed of 85 miles per hour. TUCSON'S ROGER McCLUSKY subbing for ailing Norm Nelson in a 1967 Plymouth, finished second and was followed by David Pearson. Spartanburg, N.C., in a 1968 Ford. A. J. Foyt of Houston, Tex., last year's Indy 500 winner and national driving champion, urged a 1968 Ford to fourth. Unser, driving a 1968 Dodge Charger, was awarded fifth. Prerace favorite Parnelli Jones of Torrence, Calif, and his 1968 Ford, who eventually placed 19th, were the class of the lot for the first 52 laps before "the engine broke without any warning" coming off the 10th and final turn down the front straightaway. That left things wide open for a mad dash for the lead which switched off and on quick as a water faucet for the rest of the day. DURING JONES' command, Unser, White, McCluskey, Pearson and Foyt had a battle royal going for second which carried on to a shuffle for the front when Parnelli left. McCluskey, who passed Pearson in the hairpin ninth turn on the last lap, immediately filed a protest for second. And most of the partisan 7,633 spectators — far below predictions — also thought McCluskey gained second wh p n he passed Pearson in the duel to the wire. After a check of the tape, USAC officials did give second place to McCluskey and third to Pearson. Jack Bowsher, Springfield, Ohio pilot driving a 1968 TEE ARIZONA. REPUBLIC orts Mon., Jan, 29, 1968 Page 26 0 IOC Decisions Protested Olympic Fuss Heightens Marathon Mainsheet SOTO Mrs. Irene Flinn's Mainsheet got the surge. bay gelding a well-rated ride, Mainsheet stamina by scoring a half-length decision Trail Handicap. 1966, Mainsheet hadn't run his way to Arizona Downs Handicap about a year LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee and the general assembly of International Sports Federations clashed sharply yesterday over the future running of the Olympic Games. At the close of a four-day conference between the two bodies, the federation expressed its dissatisfaction with many IOC decisions. IOC President Avery Brundage gave assurances that the federation's complaints will be put before the IOC's pre-Qlympic congress in Grenoble next week. THE FEDERATION has for some time been campaigning to gain part control of the running of the Olympics. It has formulated seven principle demands: 1. Changes in the inscription forms for Olympic competitors. The federation says the current ones are out of date. 2. A share in the money paid to the federation wants 33 per cent as from the 1976 games. 3. NO MORE IOC sponsorship of intercontinental competitions including the European games on the grounds that the international calendar is already too crowded. 4. Clarification of the new Olympic rule that if a competitor is found to be doped then his whole team is disqualified. The federation wants to know if this means just his team in that particular event or the country's entire Olympic squad? 5. Strict and discreet carrying out of dope and sex tests by qualified experts. 5. MORE TECHNICAL delegates at future Olympics. 7. Revival of the Olympic congress which last met in 1930, preferably one year before each Olympic Games. Both bodies agreed not to organize any more pre-Olympic tournaments except when the chosen Olympic site presents special acclimatization problems. BOB EGER Look Out, Lobos, weight limit. AMIDST ALL the seesawing White';"' stayed smooth and steady, seldom in front but always keeping the leaders ifl his sights. "I felt before we started we would be getting up a little coming off the turns because we were running a high gear,"; • White said between gulps of a victory drink. "But 1 learned a long time ago that you can't win unless you finish. This is a demanding course and you have to think all the time." The planning was worth $4,450 for" White, who has a good start on bettering his nine victories last season. The race yesterday kicked off the 1968 USAC ' stock year. McCLUSKEY COULD easily have been the winner but for a lengthy pit ' stop half way through the race for four! tires, fuel and fan belt. Going around Stage Coach Hill, McCluskey left the course and some bruslfc. kicked up into the fan belt, tearing ijr loose and causing his car to overheat. It was a four-minute stop and longest,, of his five pit entries. For Unser, it was another in a long" line of heartbreaks since he began his.. USAC national championship and stock car treks three years ago. He's yet to win a race of any kind since entering 1 '' the ranks. SURPRISINGLY, 18 of the 28 starters were still running at the finish, in-"' eluding Tucsonans Marty Kinerk and' 1 ' Bob Hale, both in Pontiacs. Kinerk barely made it, after blowing" 1 '.;: an engine during the prerace practice.;;,.; But he simply jerked out a motor from" his pickup and got it in his racer as the-'" field was sent off on the pace lap. Several cars spun off the course—including Pearson seven times—but no' serious accidents occurred and no yellow,;., flags slowed the pace. However, shortly following the race a, teenager decided to get racey and flipped, his truck on the third of the mile oval. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hos-"' pital. Place Driver 1. Don White 2. Roger McCluskey 3. David Pearson 4. A. J. Foyt 5. Al Unser 6. Don Noel 7. Scotty Cain B. Jim Cook 9. Bob Link 10. Dave Whltcomb 11. Guy Jones 12. Wendell Parnell 13. Glen Bradley 14. Marty Kinerk 15. Paul Feldner 16. Mel Larson 17. Frank Freds 18. Bob Hale 19. Parnelli Jones 20. Ray Elder 21. Dale Koehler 22. Art Pollard 23. Sam Rose 24. Bo Reeder 25. Tom Klppel 26. Roy Tyner 27 Bob Wawak 28. Jack Bowsher (disqualified) Prize Money Laps $4,550 93 $2,850 $2,050 $1,350 SI,050 $850 $750 J675 $650 $625 $550 $525 $475 $450 $425 $400 $385 $375 $350 $325 $300 $285 $275 $265 $260 $255 $250 $250 92 92 91 ••• 90 • • 87 84 82 82 81 ' 80 " 78 78 75 • 74 73 .,.-, 70 68 52 40 12 10 — 5 * 1 * I ,. 0

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 29 Jan 1968, Mon,
  3. Page 41

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