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Ruby slipped by Unser in heavy traf- ~~ fie on the 115th lap to lead until the 121st circuit. Unser grabbed the lead back coming out of turn two and gradually lengthened it the rest of 'the way to win by more than half a lap. Unser and Ruby were the only drivers on the same lap. The 400 points Al earned moved him only 75 points behind his brother Bobby for second place in the championship standings with the Rex Mays 300 at Riverside yet to go. Although Unser possibly could have led the whole race from pole to finish, Al said he thought he was getting carried away a little bit and backed off to let Ruby pass. "I had to drop back and think things over before getting back in the groove again," Unser said. "Ruby was definitely having handling problems." Unser added the Parnelli Jones' Ford ran just as well yesterday as on Saturday when he set a new PIR track record of 27.67 seconds in qualifying and led the first 83 laps before rain caused postponement. "I think the delay helped Ruby," Unser explained. "He wasn't running too well yesterday and they were able to make some corrections." Yesterday's rather calm running was quite a contrast to Saturday's wreck strewn 83 laps. A. J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser had to retire following crashes. The yellow caution flag was displayed only twice yesterday. Defending champion Gary Bettenhausen was running a close second when he started smoking on the 89th lap and retired with a burned piston. Art Pollard, running fifth, lost a right front tire coming down the main straight on lap 94. Finishing behind Unser and Ruby were Wally Dallenbach, Johnny Rutherford, Joe Leonard, Bill Vukovich, Jim Malloy, Bruce Walkup, Jim McElreath and Gordon Johncock. Unser said he plans to continue on the USAC championship trail nest year as well as drive stock cars. For Ruby, it was a personal triumph, although the Wichita Falls, Tex., driver failed to win his third race at PIR, he easily held on to his track total points lead. It marked the eleventh time in 12 Results Time 1:48:59.0, Speed 110.009 (new 200 mile record): races that Ruby has earned championship points at PIR. Both lie and Unser have had to come back from injuries this year. Al suffered a broken leg in a motorcycle accident and was forced to miss four championship races including Indianapolis. S time ever By DAVE HICKS Republic Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE—Happiness is clearing your bench against Atlanta's Hawks. And that's precisely the luxury Phoenix could afford last night as the Suns registered another first and belted the Hawks by 21 points. The 139-118 victory in pro basketball's debut here before a University Arena crowd of 5,094 represented Phoenix' first conquest of the Georgians in eight tries over two seasons. Atlanta coach Richie Guerin tried to salvage something from the rout by proclaiming his club was playing the game under protest. Guerin delivered that announcement in the second period with the Suns in front 57-50, claiming a one shot trip to the free throw line by Don Ohl should have been a two shot visit because of a backcourt foul. Referee Don Murphy disagreed. A scrapping defense, a successful fast break and sterling three-man scoring assault elevated the Suns record to 7-8. Continued on Page 44 515.38, 199 aps, 280 points; 4. Johnny Rutherford (34) TC Offy, $2,365.38, 198 laps, 240 points; 5. Joe Leonard, 3) Ford, $1,991.38; 196 laps, 200 points; f BLI'VuUlch, 98), Wbo Offy,;$1,903,38, 196. laps, a. DIII vunuviui, I'o.i, '.u'ue imy>» i?V4.>fo> i« laps, 60 points; 7. Jim Malloy (20), Plymouth, $1,765.38, 193 laps; 8. Bruce Wafoup (89), Offy, $1,647.38, 193 188 laps, 80 points; 10. Gordon Johnc'ock (J2),' Offy' $1,509.38, 188 laps 60 ponts; 11. Bud Tinalesiad, (31), Turbo Offy, $1,441.38, 182 laps, 40 ponts; 12. Lee Kunzman (87), Turbo, Offy, $1,373.38, 180 laps, 20 points: 13. Steve Krlslloff, (112) Ford, $1,303.38 179 laps; 14. Jigger Slrois, ill) Offy, $1,235.38, 153 laps; .-..'gS'', Chevrolet, $1-165.38, 152 laps; iQK?' I*. 1-11 i r witai w w/ 11 \-/ny, «O7l ,^g/ TU I3PS7 20. Gary Bettenhaysen, (8), Drake Offy, $891.38, 90 aps; 12. Mario Andrettl, (2), ford, $1,391.38, 73 laps; 22. Bobby Unser (1), Turbo Offy, $1,391.38, 71 BPS; 23. Larry Dickson, (49 , Turbo Offy, $891.38 61 laps; 24. Sam Sessions, (29), Turbo Ford, $891.38, 32 laps; 25. A. J. Foyt, (6) Turbo Ford, $891.38, 32 laps; 26. George Snider, (91), Turbo Offy, $891.38, two laps. Total Purse £51,778.88.