Results July 7, 1946
WHITMER COPS 3RD STRAIGHT AT SPEEDWAY .' . ' . I surg- a dou- tc- 3-2 3-2 on to his innings 179 By ALAN WARD Tooling the 1940 Pacific' Coast championship car once owned by Wally Schock, hard-rjding hard-rjding hard-rjding Buck Whitmer of San Francisco yester day won the 20 lap automobile race at the new Oakland Stadium. It was Whitmer's third such vie tory in a row. He took top big car honors one week earlier and again n the July 4 races. Although no crashes marked yes terday's speed show, played to an audience of 5000, two near accidents on the east turn brought .the crowd to its feet gasping. . Bui Anderson of Los Angeles and Leonard Lowe of Oakland were the two drivers who went into long and menacing spins, and only the fact no competing cars were tSTuie. im mediate vicinity prevented crack ups. ; WELL IN FRONT . wniimer maae ineu lap circuit in 11 minutes 13.10 seconds. At finish he was. well in front of Sam Nigro and taking it comparatively easy. Bill Baker was third, with Tony Dutra and Ed Barnett fourth and fifth, respectively. Barnett winner of the 1941 500 roller at the old and now demolished Oakland speedway, was off to an early lead in yesterday's race, but Whitmer moved in front in the seventh lap. Barnett one circuit later reclaimed the front position. but he spun in the 10th and 'his motor developed trouble which kept him among the also-rans also-rans also-rans the balance balance of the testl w u:.' . l : -rx -rx t . xreaaie AgaDasiuan oi xxrKciey coasted to victory in the 10 lap;mid-get lap;mid-get lap;mid-get event His time was 3 minfites 54.80 seconds. Ed Normi was Becond. Eddie Wendt third and Don Smith fourth. Agabashian, one of. the country's top midget pilots, eased into the lead in the second round and from then on it was a breeze for the Berke ley veteran. WIN BIG CAR HEATS - Big car heats were won by Nigro and Whitmer. Nigro rrfade the five laps in 2 minutes 30.34 seconds. Whitmer in 2 minutes 31.40 seconds. Dutch Schuler of Oakland and Ed Normi of Petaluma were midget car heat victors. Normi's time was one minute 32.75 seconds. Normi's one minute 31.40 seconds. Normi flew a B-29 B-29 B-29 during the war and when he isn't tooling racing cars is a flying instructor. The 10 lap motorcycle race - was snatched by Dan Hoffman, who had only a three length lead over Fran cis Clifford. Ducky Thiele was third and Lou Figone fourth. The time: 5 minutes 59.40 seconds.' The midgets will race tomorrow night under lights at the Stadium, with the big cars performing exf clusively next Sunday; .