Raced July 14, 1946
Whitmer Cops 4th Auto Race w in for the in to ! i SW v a Buck Whitmer, hard driving San Franciscan, today appeared the an swer to the prayers of Charlie Cur-ryer, Cur-ryer, Cur-ryer, general manager of the re cently opened uaxiana staoaum. whitmer. who yestenuy won the 43-lap 43-lap 43-lap big car race at the Stadium, moving dramatically into the lead with only three circuits to go, looms as the hottest thing in Northern California, Curryer win capitalize on that popularity to the fullest. Before the current racing season got under way Curryer-expressed Curryer-expressed Curryer-expressed the hope that a Bay area driver would step into the limelight thereby taking the play away from from Southern California pilots. who before the war had things pretty much their own way at the now defunct Oakland Speedway. Whitmer looks to be that fair haired boy. . Buck in defeating Bud Rose of Los Angeles yesterday before 9000 auto race fans grabbed his fourth straight big car victory here, TERES DR1TEXS CRASH ' Three crashes, all of them against the cement walls bordering the track at San Lorenzo, marked yes- yes- teraayt races, xn each instance the driver stepped from his ear un harmed. However, two of the smashes ripped urge hunks of ce ment. from the fences and caused damages of many hundred dollars to the machines. , Rajo Jack was the first to hit the fence. Bis mishap occurred during tne time trials. . BUI Anderson In the 17th lap of the main. eyent cracked the wall coming out of the west turn, and a few turns later Billy Frank, riding too high on the east end of the oval hit the over-hang. over-hang. over-hang. - His car skidded across the track and wound up, still on its four wheels, in the infield. Rose, a consistent winner on the old one mile Oakland Speedway, was off to a Quick lead yesterday, out wzutmer wasnt xar behind. 1XOTES INTO fZCOND Sam Nigro and Ed Barnett held second and third places, respectively, at the pour off, but Buck moved into the second position xn the 16th lap. Snapping at the rubber heels of the Rose auto, Whitmer the 37th lap picked off the lead, making a' daring and successful move on the east turn. Rose couldnt regain his advantage. Whitmer'a time was 20 minutes 4LBJ seconds. Rose finished second, with Nigro third, Barnett fourth and Shorty Ellison fifth. I Whitmer won a special three-lap three-lap three-lap match race from Barnett Leonard Lowe of Oakland grabbed the 10 lap semi-windup, semi-windup, semi-windup, taking an early lead and lncreasoing it Short races were won by Bill Anderson, Bob Slater and Whitmer. A.W.