First race at Oakland Stadium June 30, 1946

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First race at Oakland Stadium June 30, 1946 - , in 4 72 an He a the a two-tinder-par 6 15,000...
, in 4 72 an He a the a two-tinder-par 6 15,000 1 Crashes Mar Initial Program Buck WhiVmer Wins First Race Among Big Auto Racers By ALAN WARD Inasmuch as approximately 18,000 spectators approved of the auto rac-Of rac-Of rac-Of TO (ifV-The North tennis and inter-zone H the 17, fell Appren-i Appren-i in ing 'they watched yesterday they'll be given more of the same this week. Twice as much more, in fact. Charlie Gurryer. general manager of the Oakland Speedway, which opened befcre an over-flow over-flow over-flow crowd, today was lining Up a full midget car program for"' tomorrow night while on Thursday; July 4, a card combining big cars, midgets ' and motorcycles will be presented.' If yesterday's audience was an indication, the $350,000 speedwa'y is due for prosperous days. Every seat Was occupied at the inaugural Hun-I Hun-I Hun-I dreds oi persons stood tnrougn tne program. And at least 2000 turned away from the gatejwhen informed of standing room only. -. -. Two ; crashes occurred yesterday but "neither-was "neither-was "neither-was serious. The first , came in one of the midget car heats when Johnny Soares rolled over after side-swip side-swip side-swip ing Ed Normi. Soares was partially pinned under ' the overturned car and briefly it appeared he had been seriously hurt, but he crawled from the cockpit and grinrungly made his: way to the infield. . ; ON 'SIlARl TURN - '' ' The other crash featured the 15-; 15-; 15-; lap big car race. The cars of Gabby Gilbert and Jack Barnett came together together making the sharp turn, with Barnett's vehicle climbing partially over the other machine. Lacked together, the carif went into a spin -but -but they didn't roll over. Gilbert lost a fingernail. The Oakland Stadium is largely the result of the imagination, the energy of the late Bill Linn, killed in the crash of his 'private plane last . Wednesday. And' yesterday in -a -a simple but effective ceremony" the .memory of JUnn .was;, honored. -'A -'A racing- racing- car circled both . the large ' and the midget tracks carrying a wreath given by the, pit crews, the, flowers finally hung on the, side of 4n Indianapolis Indianapolis racing car, No. 9. stationed in the infieldL The car was owned by Linn. the the Vega,- lief- lief- sail Seals a At Rossi the on 9-2 9-2 9-2 with wood 4 -0. -0. Stars G.B. .. si -1 1IU ltH Mli e- e- G.B. mi is Sl'i SS'i Midget car heats were .won bypneet dor -. and daily of eight will Eddie Wendt Ed Normi and. Don? Smith. ' The. main events completed in 3 minutes 34.51 seconds.- seconds.- was taken - by Freddie Agabashian ;Cf Berkeley. .; i ,n 4 WINS MAIN"', EVXNT f Buck. Whitmer of San Francisco placed first in the ' big car .main event Others finished in the order named: Sam Nifm-.BilIFwnlvJc Nifm-.BilIFwnlvJc Nifm-.BilIFwnlvJc . . - . N awi Rand and Tony Dutraw Whitmer took an early; lead and didn't re- re- unquisa lb s , Jack Cottrell grabbed the motor cycle 15-lap 15-lap 15-lap test over the five eighth! mile, track by little .more than a nose'. .- .- He did the chore in 11 minutes 8.46 seconds. Bill Mills was second, dropping" the lead, to Cottrell "after holding it 14 laps. The third spot jvent to Gene An dres. Cliff Self; following a flat track motorcycle exhibition, beat Milt Iverson over the level course. Curry er admitted with becoming candor there are' many rough spots to -be -be smoothed before the stream' Llined plant . operates with the ef ficiency he desires, but he envisions a the fu- fu- tyre locale of the West's most im- im- automobile' races. Of harness ows at late hey Bert the who Sherlock, ever

Clipped from Oakland Tribune01 Jul 1946, MonPage 6

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California)01 Jul 1946, MonPage 6
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