690331 Follmer race 1
Follmer scores Bryan race victory Monday, March 31, 1969 Page 27 S Bunky Henry surprises in Airlines Open Associated Press MIAMI—-Young Bunky Henry, a former place-kicker for the Georgia Tech football team, rallied from five shots back, shook off the nightmare of a triple bogey eight and won the $40,000 first prize yesterday in the rain and demonstration-plagued National Airlines Open Golf Tournament. The 25-year-old Valdosta, Ga., tour rookie shot an up and down final round 70 for a score of 278, 10 under par. ROTUND BOB Murphy, blowing a three-shot lead over the field going into the final day, finished with a 76 for 279. He was tied with three others for second with Australian Bruce Crampton, who tied the course record of 66; veteran Dan Sikes, who won a new car with a hole in one on the 15th for a 68, and Dave Stockton, with a closing 72. MURPHY bogeyed the 71st hole to fall out of a tie with Henry who had just COMING 'ROUND — George Follmer, on the outside, makes a successful bid to pass the tubro-charged Offenhauser of Dempsey Wilson. Follmer, who was born in Phoenix, drove his Chevrolet powered car to a record time victory in the 150- Republic Photo by Earl McCartney mile Jimmy Bryan Memorial race as crowd of more than 12,000 looked on. First win for Chevy in a USAC race By HARDY PRICE Somebody forgot to tell George Follmer that Chevrolet doesn't go racing. If they had. he would have probably never won yesterday's 150 Mile Jimmy Bryan Memorial race for USAC Championship cars al Phoenix International Raceway. It was the first time ever for a Chevrolet powered car to win a USAC National Championship race. AND IT WAS in the record time of 1:21:55.07 and an average speed ot 109.88 miles per hours. When Follmer (who was born in Phoenix but moved to California early in his life) took (he lead, cries of "Go Chevy" echoed through the grandstands and hills, making it. evident that the 12,856 fans were behind him. Follmer now takes home $8,400 In prize money from the total purse of $31,500. Promoter .1. C. Agajanian put up $25,000. USAC $750 and manufacturers added $5,775 in contingencies. While the total gate of $54,850.50 was ' short a little more than $2,000 of the , needed purse guarantee, promoter Agajanian called the race ". . . the best Jimmy Bryan we ever had." FOLLMER QUALIFIED in the No. 2 position with a 28.88 qualifying time which put him second to Al Unser. He piloted his blue Chevy powered bomb to victory lane after Bobby Unser lost his engine on the 122nd lap.