Race July 4, 1946 at Oakland Stadium.
Elmira 3-0, Wllliamsport 2-1. i WHITMER STARS AS 9500 CHEER AUTO SPEEDSTERS By ALAN WARD ' Independence i Day,. 1776, was great day for democracy; Independence Day, 1946, was" a great day for rBfck Whitmer.; . Whitmer ii a native of San. Francisco who seems! to be as much at home whether driving a big racing car, a 1 midget, a motorcycle or in whatever capacity She chooses : to t function, and at th new Oakland Stadium, yesterday ?e had the 9500 customers on theif; toes and cheering. .. ,: ' ; - Whitmer began his afternoon by edging out Jim Bametf of Los Angeles in: the rnain event of the Indianapolis big-car race; completing the 15-lap trift in 7:23-27 . Barnet, driving V-green Job, got , Into difficulties in the 11th lap when he skidded and only was saved from accident by" the adroit driving of on coming racers,, who swerved around r his car and went on to the finish. Bu the big-car race was only one of Whitmer a achievements. He began the afternoon by finish ing second to Jimmy Atten, an Oak- lander, in the 12-lap midget' race, a semi-final to the main event 'George Amaral of Irvington was third. Atten managed to make the round trip in 3 minutes, 45.16 seconds. whitmer, who bad not ridden a motorcycle in 10 years then entered that contest and proceeded to circle the track, three times against the stop-watch in acceptable time. . The heavy motorcycle main event "was taken-by Francis Clifford with Dusky Field grabbing second place. Louia Figone of San Francisco who .5Kon the i first five-lap motorcycle heat, spilled in the final lap of the main event to lose whatever chance ; he may have had .'of taking top smoney. . s carnival for be, - .