The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 28, 1966 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 28, 1966
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HOLY SMOKE - Tommy Hollis (right) of West Memphis, helps a crew roll his banged-up Class A sprint car off the fuel-soaked track at Cottonwood Raceway. Hollis' car was the first casualty on the new track when he rammed the steel retaining wall and flipped over. He landed upside down but came out without injury. The track near Osceola opened last night. (Courier News Photo) SPILLS COME EARLY Fast Track, But... By ED HAYES Sports Editor Cottonwood Raceway was just as fast as track manager Red Gill had advertised it. but most everything else was a bit on the slow side. Which is not to say the stock car racing on the quarter mile dirt track last night was dull. There was plenty action, speed and spills to entertain the 2,000 customers who showed up for the inaugural. * . * * There was a delay in getting the eight-race show started and the program ran about an hour behind. Gill and his crew ran up against just about every opening- night "bug" you could think of. . Happily, all the shortcomings, such as an inadequate public address system, should be easily remedied. The prediction is that Cottonwood Raceway should become an outstanding center for both drivers and fans. By next Friday the situation could be 100 per cent improved. Certainly it's one of the best tracks around. * * * Tommy Hollis of West Memphis treated spectators to a thrill and a scare early in the program. Piloting a Class A car in the time trials, he skidded against the barrier, skidded some more, and flipped over, landing upside down. Thoughtfully, Hollis did this stunt directly in front of the grandstand. In a matter of a second or two Hollis had unstrapped himself and Powder-Puff Derby Sunday Blytheville Speedway is featuring a special powder-puff derby Sunday night. . Women stock car drivers are requested to sign in at the box office before 7:30. Added to the list of Blytheville drivers at the Speedway last Sunday were Charles Tart in Class C car Colt 45; Danny Harrington, 283, Colt 45 who arrived fourth in the Class C fast heat; and Len Riggs in 44 who placed in the feature. Otto Scrape of Blytheville won first place in the Class A first heat. Hooker Hood of Memphis won the A feature, despite a second row start and the swift pursuit of Tommy Hollis for three laps. '500' Facts By THE ASSOCIATED PRES! Event — 50th 500-mile autc race at Indianapolis Motoi Speedway; FIA sanction, open to drivers of USAC, NASCAR SCCA, World Grand Prix Cir cuit and other Federation Inter nationale de L'Automobile affil iates. Start — About 11 a.m., EST, Monday. Field-33 fastest qualifiers ol 79 entrants in specially buill cars powered by 24 Ford and 9 Offenhauser engines. Record—3:19:05.34 or 150.686 m.p.h., Jimmy Clark, Duns, Scotland, Lotus-Ford, 1965. Qualifying record, 10 miles — Mario Andretti, Nazareth, Pa., Erabbam-Brawner Ford, 165.899 zs.?.b., 1966. Pores — $150,000 gauranteed, according to attend ees; J2fXi,000 in accessory fil'K:?* prizes and other awards; £St;Sf.ti ID lap prizes; $150 for r 03 each lap raised by raJiscription; 1965 purse of which Clark and car owner Colin Chapman won 5166,621; drivers receive 40 to 50 per cent in distribution, not announced until victory dinner Tuesday night. Crowd—Never disclosed; traffic authorities expect 300,000. Plant—Stands seat about 170,000, others watch from infield on general admission tickets. Track — ZVz miles asphalt on bricks; turns banked 9 degrees, 12 minutes, are 60-feet wide; straightaways 50-feet wide. Television — MCA-TV closed circuit to about 200 theaters and lalls in the United States and lanada and to about 12 sites in Ingland via Early Bird Satel- ite; London-Brussels relay for lome TV transmission in West Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Yugoslavia; no home TV in America. Radio — Indianapolis Motor Speedway network of 850 sta- ions in English-speaking coun- ires; Spanish translation to Arentina; Armed Services Forces laio and Voice of America. Ark. (AP) CW\! annual J. W. Buzick (ktt Tournament was by two Spring- golfers who com- wfth a first-round 65 . 127. tfftp iSms Reynolds and ama- rtS»r.flin>iW(Wrti edged pro John " 'V dff " " - - - Win in Golf Show or Jonesboro Cook and Person shot a 63 after being in a 1 four-way tie with the winners and two other teams at the completion of the first round Thursday. * * * Cook won first prize among the professionals with a 36-hole total of 136—eight under par. He shot a 65 Friday to take R. H. Sikes of Sprlngdale by one stroke. , and Curtis ifemphis by one slipped out unharmed — to the relief and cheers of the crowd. Hollis had just installed a new engine in the car Thursday night. The car had to be hauled away. The 35- year-old driver had only some harness burn.-! around his neck to show he'd been in the mishap. Asked if it was the first time he'd ever flipped, the stocky driver drawled: "Naw, I've been driving 12 years." * * * Bill Dunn of East Prairie, Mo., drove off with top money when he captured the Class A feature in No. 81. Otto Scrape of Blytheville, troubled most of the night, finished fourth. Eurbbie Hays of Portageville, winner of the first race at the track just outside Osceola, came back to win the Class C feature in Red 1. Hays won it all the way. Buford Pate did a cartwheel on the troublesome north curve but no one was hurt. Hays won the first slow heat C race without much challenge. A pilot out of Jacksonville won the trophy run in the slow Class A heat, with strong pushing from Jim Hall and Billy Dunn. * * * Rufus Bishop of Osceola, driving his first race, won the trophy run in the fast heat of Class C in a white Roaring 20's. In the fourth dash, slow heat, Class A, Harold Trimmer of Missouri came in first in Jack Lamb's car No. 11. Larry Barnum in G3 took first place in the Class C fast heat. He had to pass Harvey Tucker to win. Dunn of East Prarie, pursued by Hall all the way, took the win in the fast heat Class A. Tom Baker of Little Rock in K-9 hit the north curve and rolled over on the side. » * * Some of the unsung heroes of the night were judges Mickey Shelton, Ted Johnston and Don Morris. They were the busiest guys at the track and probably the only ones who didn't get to enjoy the proceedings. Jimmy Gill, announcer, did a good job, too, with limited equipment. * * * . Hooker Hood of Memphis, longtime friend of Red Gill, was not able to make the opener. He was involved in a challenge race at Lakeland in Memphis. When he finds out what a smooth track they have at Coltonwood, he's sure to come hooking up the highway. + * + First driver to show up at the track was Jim Fortner, 17, of Osceola, in a Class C car. He was there before 5 o'clock. So Red Gill put him lo work getting the track ready, WINDS WHISPERING SOFT MiLODY fOK JOHNNY POTT Okie City Pleasant Place to Play Golf-This Week By KILL LITTLE Associated Press Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) - Johnny Pott, the two day leader in the $57,000 Oklahoma City Open Golf Tournament, isn't a bit unhappy with the Oklahoma weather. The winds that "come whistling down the plain" have been whispering a soft background melody as Pott, 30, has fash- ioned a four-stroke lead with an 11-under par 133 total for 36 holes over the 7,173-yard Quail Creek Golf and Country Club course. "The weather has been beautiful," Pott said in near amazement. "There has been no wind at all, and the greens are in perfect shape." * * * Pott figured the touring weather break because, he said, he's seen more rain this year than any tour deserves. "Most of the time this year," Pott said, "You simply teed up and got out your umbrella and rain suit." Until last week's Colonial National Invitational, the tour had been water • logged for three straight weeks, with postpone- professionals were due for a I rrients of rounds at New Orleans New Teams Pony Loop Start Mon, Blytheville Pony League teams are scheduled to swing into action next week with a new park, several new coaches and a new team, forming a six-club league for the first time. The Bears and Eagles are booked to dedicate the new Federal Compress Park playing field in the league opener Monday afternoon at 5. Tuesday night at Light Brigade Field, it's Ranis vs. Owls; and Tigers vs. the newly formed Wings In a twinbill. Teams are expected to be more evenly matched than ever before. Bears, Owls and Eagles have more veterans and are given a slight edge. The newly-organized Wings were stocked with a nucleus of veteran players which should make them a factor in the race. Tigers and Rams, leaders in league play last year, are both expected to come back strong. * * * Fred Mitchell and Charley Eagle are umpires. Coaches: Bears—Kelly Pigue and Jim Southard; Rams—Paul Human and Ernest Beck; Tigers—Tommy Elkins and Newell Jerome; Owls — James Moore and Joe Gude; Wings—Bill Daniels and Bud Haag; and Eagles—Wayne Ralph and Phillip Koonce. * * * In a pair of exhibition games ist night Rams whipped Wings and Tigers edged Bears .-1; 4. The acton took place at Light rigade Field. BATTING LEADERS HAT CHECK — Hats are trademarks for some pro golfers. So. who's .under which? Answer: (top) Jack Nicklaus at left and Sam Snead; (bottom) Ken Venturi at left and Ben Hogan. Indy Crowd Arriving Mario Topic La., and Dallas, Tex., and suspension until a later time of the Houston Classic. * * * One of the two men four strokes behind Pott — 23-year- old Tom Weiskopf — also was impressed by the lack of wind. Weiskopf said he was nearly blown off the tee 4 Quail Creek in National Open qualifying earlier this week. With Weiskopf at 137 was | Tony Lema, who was almost two strokes closer, but was also almost out of the tournament entirely. Three golfers — Don Massengale, Bruce Devlin and Butch Baird — are at 140, .ollowed by the rest of the field of 78 qualifiers ranging from 141 to 148. Masters champion Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, the defending National Open king, art at 143 and 146, respectively. TONIGHT, SUNDAY 3 Legion Games Hillcrest from Shelby County has agreed to pinch-hit for Whitehaven against the Blytheville Dud Cas&ns here tonight at 7:30. Elmer Ray, coach of the Whitehaven American Legion baseball team in the Memphis League, obtained the Hillcrest club when he found he would not be able to assemble his team because of school tieups. Tonight's game at Light Brigade Field is the first official game of the 1966 season for the defending state champion weekend. + * * Dwight Wiliams is expected to start with southpaw Jerry McLaughlin who compiled a 4-0 record this spring at South- em Baptist College. Eddie earner, another starter back from last year, might pitch tonight also. However, Williams was thinking of saving the righthander for Sunday. The doubleheader here tomorrow is with Jonesboro. Pint pitch at 1:30. Local Dog Takes More Honors at Memphis INDIANAPOLIS, ln<J. (AP) - 3ne of sports' biggest crowds jegan filling Indianapolis hos :elries and side streets today chattering about what make: Hario Andretti move so fast am whether he can do it for 500 miles Monday. A poll of 68 auto race writers istablished the born driver as little Italian the favorite status he already enjoyed on the >asis of a record-breaking qual fication at 165.899 miles an hour or the Golden Anniversary 500- mile auto race. There were plenty of skeptics, however. Against Andretti's 20 votes, iefending champion Jimmy )lark of Scotland received 16; )an Gurney, Californian who NATIONAL LEAGUE ! races on the Grand Prix circuit, Batting (75 at bats) - AIou, |H; two-time winner A. J. Foyt Pittsburgh, .344; Morgan an of Houston, 7; and former winner Parnelli Jones, 7. Nicholson, Houston, .342. Doubles — Alou, Atlanta, an Pinson, Cincinnati, 10; Aaron Atlanta, Wynn, Houston, John son and W. Davis, Los Angeles Callison, Philadelphia, and Bail ey, Pittsburgh, 8. Triples — Alou, Pittsburgh, 7 Taylor, Philadelphia, and Me Carver, St. Louis, 4. Home runs — Aaron, Atlanta 16; Torre, Atlanta, 12. Stolen bases—Wills, Los An geles, 19; Jackson, Houston, 14, AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting (75 at bats) — Oliva Minnesota, .364; B. Robinson, Baltimore, .331. Doubles — Yastrzemski, Boson, 13; Allen and Oliva Minnesota, and Valentine, Washing- on, 11. Triples—Schaal, California, 5; 'oy, Boston, Davalillo, Cleveand, and Hershberger, Kansas "ity, 4. Home runs—Scott, Boston, 12; leichardt, California, 11. Stolen bases—Agree, Chicago, 2; Tartabull, Kansas City, 7. COURIER NEWS SATURDAY, MAT i>, PAGE SIX Lloyd Ruby, Wichita Falls, Tex., and Gordon Johncock, Hastings, Mich., received two votes each, and Cale Yarborough, Charlotte, N.C., one. Fans, possibly 300,000 on hand or en route, hoped for a betetr contest than the 1965 race. Clark and Foyt were the only leaders, and Clark had no opposition aft- ter the former American champion's engine failed. But it could be another runaway if Andretti's rebuilt Brabham-Ford, third last year, holds together. . The odds were heavy against :he rookies, who included Eng- and's Graham Hill, a former world road racing champion; Jackie Stewart of Scotland, the Monaco Grand Prix winner last lunday; and Americans Yar- lorough, Gary Congdon, Garden Grove, Calif.; Mel Kenyon, Davenport, Iowa; and Larry Dickson, Marietta, Ohio. No first-time starter has won he race since George Souders f Lafayette, Ind., in 1927. Rodger Ward, Indianapolis, is Ne only former winner in the ield besides Clark, Foyt am 'ones. He and Jones will b [riving cars with supercharge •ffenhauser engines, new powe lants which haven't been a ffective in practice a sthe spe ial Fords pushing Andretti lark, Gumey and most of the ther high ranking drivers. The switch to rear-engine cars, started three years ago, lacked reaching 100 per cent by a single vehicle. Veteran Bobby Gram of Indianapolis made the lineup with a front engine car, but it has a Offenhauser new turbocharged which performed beautifully in the trials. Speedway experts expect the winner to ride behind one of the bigger, unsupercharged Ford racing engines like the one that powered Clark's lotus last year. The field, with 22 Fords and 11 Offys, averaged a record 160.251 m.p.h. in the trials against 153.774 last year. "Shadowlawn's Chinah Barai," Afghan Hound owned by Mrs. William Benton of Blytheville, passed her third obedience trial at Memphis last Sunday in the 22nd obedience show of the Memphis Obedience Club with a score of 186 out of a possible 200. She now has the A.K.C. degree of "companion dog" and is to begin advanced training for the next degree of "companion dog excellence." Both Afghans owned by Mrs. Benton have degrees in obedience training. DON'T FORGET OPEN SUNDAY 12 Noon 'til 6 P.M. NEY STORES Airbase Highway Franklin & Cherry Budgets Are for Keeping Sharp Wins but Loses Shutout KENNETT-Pepsi-CoIa of Blytheville turned a 5-1 victory over Piggott last night in the Kennett Softball League and Bill Sharp really deserved a shutout. The righthander allowed only two hits while walking one and striking out 11. On one of the second-inning strikeouts the catcher missed the ball on third strike. Two wild throws later, Piggott had it* only run. Jim Knauts was the losing pitcher. Cliff Forsythe, Jim Gee and Gene Austin ripped him for two hits apiece. Pepsi had nine safeties si- together. Knauts handed out three walks. He struck out six. Pepsi's M record in league action is good for a first- place tie, McCaul's Tire of Kennett is the next foe for the Blytheville men, 8 o'clock Tuesday. And you can keep within your budget by cheeking the display end classified ads. You will find many bargains in food, clothing, furni- tun, hardware and tte. to help you balance your budget. Your local merchants have many valuo priced Hems. Check their ads tor the Items that you need. MLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS

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