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Friday, July 7, 1972
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48 Friday, July 7, 1972 Philadelphia Inquirer Pocono 500 Resolved Too Late, For Sport to Escape Black Eye THE POWER STRUGGLE that raged through flood stricken northeastern Pennsylvania last week has ended. Pocono International Raceway emerged victorious and the vanquished United States Auto Club is, for the most part, happy with the outcon e. "The right thing -was done, but not in the right way," USAC Executive Director Bill Smyth said Thursday following the announcement that Pocono's second annual Schaeffer 500-mile race for Indianapolis cars has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 29. Smyth and his top assistant, USAC director of competition Dick King, battled Pocono management in private and later in public over the track's unalterable decision to postpone the race from its originally scheduled date of July 2. . Nine days a jo, Pocono's chief executive officer, Dr. Joseph Mattioli, and thu raceway's general manager, Bill Marvel, announced their decision in the face of a USAC threat to revoke all sanctions for races and nullify a five-year contract. "We didn't have any decision to make," Dr. Mattioli, a Philadelphia dentist, said at the time. "Logistically, we were unable to provide the necessary services to handle an anticipated crowd of 100,000." Smyth and others, including driver representative Gary Bettenhausen, a member of Roger Penske's Sunoco racing team, questioned Mattioli's motives, hinting at some self-serving purpose. THE HARD FACTS WERE THERE. Unfortunately, Smyth and King did not feel the nearby floods were sufficient reason to cancel the nee since the raceway and all access roads escaped damage. And Mattioli and his associates failed to present their case to UJ'.AC's satisfaction. "I was fully aware of the devastation in the surrounding area," Smyth said. "Ail I asked for during the entire hassle was for any official of state, county or local government to request a postponement. If that had happened, I would personally have turned on the yellow light. But no request ever came." Smyth was, in the main, taking a stand that would most benefit the drivers and car owners. With but few exceptions they wanted to avoid the added expenses of going home and having to return for several more days. Add this to the fact that just about everyone's nerves were on the ragged edge after eight of 10 days of practice and quali- BILL SIMMONS On Motor Sports fying had been lost to rain and the situation was explosive. WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT was made, tempers erupted. Many things were said that shouldn't have been, which no doubt will return to haunt those who said them. Not only were Dr. Mattioli's reasons questioned but Marvel, a native of Indianapolis and a long-time member of the racing establishment, was ostracized for backing his boss. And driver Jim Hurtubise, one of the sport's most-popular figures, was publicly humiliated. Wally Dallenbach tried to reason with Bettenhausen, John Mahler and other adamant opponents of postponement. His logic was answered with stony silence. Dallenbach's chief mechanic, Vince Granatelli, made many enemies when he said, "Greed can be the only reason for wanting to go on with this race now." - Sadly, there never could have been a Schaefer 500 on July 2. If raceway management hadn't called it off, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources would have ob tained an injunction to stop it because the lack ol facilities to , the job:-(1) he has tenure at dispose of waste would have created a health hazard. - -Cheysey-iandj (2i&-combined. All logistics aside, the raceway's position was correct for f jobsas. coach, and chairmaln the most imDortant of all reasons humanitarianism. of rthel deDartment- of health- It would have been absolutely uncharitable to have 100,000 j)- phyca.:je4ucation and ,rec,re-J people, paying an average of $15, enjoying themselves at a5;? atioh'pay mm amuch 'higher sporting event while thousands of people Jess than 25 miles i 'salary than he would get as away had lost everything to the flood. , ' 'k Cornell, head coa'eh. And he Sadly, the episode will not soon be forgotten. The situation xoulift remain j a department has been resolved to everyone's satisfaction but it will leave a head at Cheyney with no loss black mark on motor racing for a long time to come. of salary if hp' decides to-step "We go at it pretty good sometimes," Smyth said. 'But". out of .caaqhing in tptyf utureA when it comes right down to it, we re all in the same business;;! ;-Coma " is; the- man Cornell auto racing. When we have to, we can overcome our difficult. has settled ori to" smboth out'? ties." its facial problems. Six ;black The shame of it is that nobody thought of that philosophy; ;- player$,qin on resigned toach Cornell Bids For Coma as Ktead Coach By JOHN DELL Of The Inquirer Staff Cornell ' officials expect to know within a week if Tony Coma is going to be their basketball coach. They have offered the Cheyney State coach the job, mainly because they have decided he is the man who can bring harmony to their black players as well as produce a respectable team. "I really can't say anything about it," Coma commented about a report the job was offered to him after former NBA star and 76ers coach Dolph Shayes had turned it down. Coma is expected to again visit Cornell this weekend for further talks. Sources close to Coma say two considerations are mak ing him hesitate about taking last week. 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Interactive" Systems; We .also? need profes--liori'ls ;with )6'n"-siti, as; . well. , as UNIVAC make it: m Tiefson, please send y"(kin?resujme ; tfe. T. A. Beckett, Dept. R:l,'Univac, 1905 Rowland . StretCmnammson, New. Jersey 08077; We r are an equal opportunity employe?;. :4 7f.x -M':t - "ft . I) 4 Stan Smith Beats Kodes, Gains Final i Continued from 1st Spts. Page final in his quest for the $13,000 prize. Newcombe, who won a World Championship Tennis tournament at St. Louis last, week, . watched the match from the press box. He and 31 other professionals who compete on the WCT tour were barred from playing this year because of a dispute between their organizatio.i and the International Lawn Tennis Federation. Miss Goolagorg aid three-time winner Billie Jean play for a $6,240 prize. SMITH LOOKED in bad trouble when hj was broken to 30 in the seventh game of the second set but he again hit back to level at 4-4, gaining the break a deep lob which caught the chalk. The set was in its 10th game when the picture changed completely. Kodes saved a break point with a service winner to make it deuce. As he was about to serve a couple of birds flew down from the Royal Box. Kodes checked. He then served what he thought was a center line ace but the line judge called faut. He showed dissent and served a double fault to give Smith the advantage, then saw his opponent belt a cross court return by him to drop his service and the set. While Kodes s'ouched about the court muttering about his bad luck, Smith got on with the job in hand and put together eight wiru ling games to stand 5-0 in the third. KODES PULLED himself together at the start of the fourth. He saved two break points in the thii d, lost one in the fourth, saved another in the seventh and then the pressure got to him. MEN'S SINGLES Semifinals i Start Smith, Pasadena, Calif., beat j Jan Kodes, Czechoslovakia, 3-4, 6-4, 4-1, 7-5. ! Ills Nastase, Rumania, beat Manuel Orantes, Spain, 6-3, 6-, 6-4. WOMEN'S DOUBLES : Semifirals Judy Dalton, Austra ia, and Francolse Durr, France, beat Rosemary Casals, I San Francisco, and Virginia Wade, I Britain, 6-4, 6-1. I Billie Jean Kins, Long Beach, Calif., ; and Betty Stove, Hoi and, beat Winnie i Shaw and Joyce Will ams, Britain, 7-5, I 3-6, 6-3. MIXED DOUBLES Quarter! nals Kim Warwick and f vonne Goolagong, Australia, beat Colin Dibley and Karen Krantzcke, Australia, )-, 6-2, 6-2. Hie Nastase. Rumai ia, and Rosemary Casals, San Francisco, beat Derek Irvine, Rhodesia, and Betty Stove Holland, 6-0, 6-4. Pat Cramer and Pat Pretorlus, South Africa, beat Frew M Miliar), South Africa, and Judy Daltcn, Australia, 0-6, 9-7, 6 4. FRANK DOLSON Continued from 1st Spts. Page company)," Les said. "He told me, 'Don't leave your phone this weekend. You're getting called.' " But the call never came. Keiter would have jumped at that opportunity. However, he was smart enough to keep his feet firmly on the ground the day Irv Kosloff, the owner of the 76ers, told him he had finally found the man he wanted as general manager. "Great," said Keiter. "Who is it?" "You," Kos told him. "I nearly fainted," Les said. "It was one of the few jobs in sports I ever turned down." So it was that Jack Ramsay took the 76ers' job and Keiter stayed with Channel 6 until 1970. Now Ramsay is in Buffalo and Keiter is in Honolulu. The voice of the Hawaii Islanders does not regret his decision. 1 Other Sports, Pages 29-32 K laWr"W U 1 1 lAeSIO.ME TEAM C.n Replace Your Vater Heater M ithin 24 Hours In an Emergency, Sean Can" Arrange Expert Low-Coat- Installation for the Same Day You Purchase Your Vl'ater Heater. Work Done by Registered Master' Plumbers. SAVE 13.01 ' 40-Gal. Gas Water Heater Reg. 82.89 " Rust-resistant- glass-lined tank with fiber glass insulation. Built-in thermostat and high" limit cutoff. 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