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680127 Repub Stock Preview 1 - Parnelli Heads PIR Sneak Preview Today •• By...
Parnelli Heads PIR Sneak Preview Today •• By DENNIS WOOD Parnelli Jones today gives a sneak preview of why he's the favorite tomorrow in the 250-mile U.S. Auto Club stock car race at Phoenix International Raceway. Jones, auto racing's do-everything guy, leads the 32 entries in qualifying on the 2.7 mile road course today to decide grid positions tomorrow. The noon session is open to the public. Admission is $2 for adults, 50-cents for children under 12. Parnelli enjoys the pole position wherever he races and it'll take a supreme effort by chief rivals, A. J. Foyt, David Pearson, Jacw Bowsher, Don White, Norm Nelson, Al Unser, and Art Pollard to push him out. Foyt, still smarting over a blown engine at Riverside, and Pearson, 1966 NASCAR champ, are experts on road courses and look the best shots to get the job done. Pearson was just a whisker shy of beating out Dan Gurney for the No. 1 seat at Riverside and did, in fact, thwart Parnelli's qualifier, third fast in the field. Foyt, who lasted only 450 feet at Riverside in Banjo Matthews' 1968 Ford, will be teammate this round to Bowsher in twin 1968 Fords. Bowsher, one of the hardest chargers on the USAC trail, finished second in points last year and is bent on snaring White's crown. White and Unser will be wheeling 1968 Dodge Chargers against the Ford-laden field. Three formidable Arizonans can't be completely overlooked. Bob Huebner, two-time Arizona sprint car champion from Tucson, will be making his stock debut in Lewie Stewart's 1967 Pontiac GTO, which burned a warm trail on the local circuit last season. Marty Kinerk and Bob Hale, also Tucsonans, will vie in new Pontiac creations, as well. It will be the first showing on PIR's tricky road circuit, filled with tight turns and a 150 mph straightaway. (Continued on Page 56)

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 27 Jan 1968, Sat,
  3. Page 78

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