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690330 Repub Preview 1 - register by two lengths over Jayandero, the...
register by two lengths over Jayandero, the people's second choice. GOING POSTWARD at 28 to 1 after being a seventh-place finisher last time out, La Villita Ruler paid $59.20, 17 and 7.60 across the board for his first win in 10 starts spread over 15 months. Coming up to the race off two sharp second-place efforts, El Bahrain was made a slight choice over Jayandero. But these two finished fourth and second, respectively. The Reeves runner simply shot out to a quick lead under Powell's handling and, toting lightweight of the field at 108 pounds, made every post a winning one in zipping the first six panels in 1:091-5. Continued On Page 7-E Cepeda in his losing libel suit against Look Magazine filed a complaint in U.S. District Court Thursday saying Cepeda owes them $14,308 in expenses. MarVin Lewis of the firm of Lewis and Stein which represented Cepeda, said the money represents only expenses and that the firm is making no attempt to collect fees. In 1967, Look said that Cepeda, then with the San Francisco Giants, was regarded as uncooperative and not a team man. Cepeda sued and the case went twice to the U.S. District Court, twice to the U.S. Court of Appeals and twice to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to act. Field of 24 * «., « «..,„« ™, Ivl McC»rtn*v BUSY AS BfcES-The pits at Phoenix International Raceway were the scene of much activity yesterday as drivers and crews prepared their machines for practice for today's Jimmy Bryan Memorial 150-mile race. The United States Auto Club event has drawn ' top drivers m the nation to the track. More pictures Page 10-E. Bryan prize today By HARDY PRICE They're all here - Foyt, Andretti, Unser and Unser, Ruby, Pollard, McCluskey, and yesterday they were making themselves heard. Making themselves heard, for the likes of A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby and Al Unser, Lloyd Ruby, Art Pollard, and Roger McCluskey, meant flying around the one-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway in near sub- record time. And it's all for the annual Jimrny Bryan Memorial Race, the first national championship race on the United States Auto Club's 1969 racing trail. THE "FOR REAL" action gets under way today at 2:30 p.m. after morning practice and early afternoon time trials. Twenty-four cars will make the starting grid, seeking the all-important opening race win. Bobby Unser, the defending Byran champion, found that winning here can be important as it proved the difference between he and Andretti for the USAC national title in 1968. IF A MAN were making book on the event, he would be hard pressed to pick a winner. Most all drivers are out in new equipment, with the notable exception of the 1968 Bobby Ball winner at PIR, Gary Bettenhauser. "I won with it here before," he explained "why not try again?" But Foyt, the three-time Indy 500 winner from Houston, has two brand new Coyote turbo-charged Fords. Joining Foyt is Tucson's McCluskey. ANDRETTI, WHO just last week joined Andy Granatelli's STP stables, has a bright new "Dago Red" turbo- charged Ford prepared by Phoenix mechanic Clint Brawner. Andretti was ripping around the track yesterday with consistent lap times of 28.85. Ruby, the veteran Texas driver has the all-time lead in points at PIR, and is driving a super wedge turbo-charged Offy, dubbed Wynn's Spitfire. Both machine and driver looked strong in the practice. BOBBY UNSER is staying with a turbo-charged Eagle-Offy, much like the one he won the Indy 500 in last year. Brother Al has gone to the Lola Ford of former Indy winner Parnelli Jones. Continued On Page 1C-E

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 30 Mar 1969, Sun,
  3. Page 115

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