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8 Ct?C ClarfStt'LCDgCt D-Monday. August 6, 1979 Auto Racing Roundup Bobby Unser nips Mears to win Kent Oil 150 :'. Results, Page 7 1 The Associated Press ; WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Bobby Unser, not slowing down at age J 45, won the first Indianapolis-type lauto race ever held on the Watkins Glen course Sunday, beating team-'mate Rick Mears to the finish line by 19.1 seconds. For the elder of the racing t Unser brothers, the victor in the i'Kent Oil 150 was his fourth of the :. Championship Auto Racing Teams series this season. Talladega win goes to Waltrip Continued From Page 1C Behind Bonnett who was driving the famed Wood Brothers' Mercury, the field set the fastest pace in the history of AIMS, the fastest speedway in the world. Shooting down the backstretch at 220 miles per hour, the leaders were turning the 2.66 mile trioval in 199.5 mph for the first 10 laps. They went through the first 20 in an average speed of 198.056 mph. "I was happy to see that fast start," said Waltrip, "because I wasn't dialed in just right in the beginning. It gave me a little time to get comfortable. It was an extremely fast pace, but when you're running a 2.66-mile speedway with 35-degree banks in the turns you're going to have a fast pace." It was Bonnett and Buddy Baker up there with Waltrip in the early going. But Baker blew the engine in his automobile on the 1st lap and Bonnett followed with the same ailment on the 71st "Pesonally, I think that two fastest cars in the race were me and Baker," said Bonnett "Something in the engine just let go. There was no warning. As we went into the first turn the power just shut down."' "I punched the car one time and it motored from fourth to first with ease," said Baker. "It's hard to believe that an engine will let go when you're running that easy. I guess that goes to show you that an engine will let go when you're running easy just as it will blow when you're running hard." With those two gone, the shew was handed over to Waltrip and Cale Yarborough, who diced with each other for the next 67 laps. They hooked up in a draft and then moved into a lap by themselves, away from the field. First Waltrip would slingshot around Yarborough and then Yarborough would slingshot around Waltrip as they came out of the back straightaway. Then suddenly, a stream of smoke came from Yarbobough's Oldsmobile and he had to wheel it behind the wall for the rest of the race. "When the smoke boiled up I thought the rear end had gone out," Sports Digest The two-time Indy champ averaged 120.884 miles per hour in the Norton Spirit Penske-Cosworth to win $24,714, before an estimated crowd of 30,000. Mears, winner of last May's Indy 500, won $16,762 for his second-place finish. Mears leads in CART point standings with 2.240 points, while Unser now has 1,830. Third place went to Gordon Johncock. Danny Ongais took fourth place and Unser's brother Al, 40, finished fifth. Bobby Unser passed Al to take over for good on the 48th lap of the 62-lap, 150-mile race after the brothers had traded the lead back and forth from the start Al started on the pole, with Bobby beside him in the front row. Unser's winning time was 1:14:42. "I'd be a liar if I didn't say I was glad to see Al hsve pro-bems," Bobby said. "He was making it tough on me. "We were both feeling each oth- Darrell Waltrip: A pretty cool finish. said Cale. "THe seal had been leaking. We had been holding our breath all during the race." Waltrip said he didn't know what Cale's problem was, but he knew he "was losing a lot of oil." When the stumpy little charger wheeled it behind the wall, it left Waltrip all alone in a lap by himself. He stayed that way for the rest of the race, making wise use of his pit stops. His strongest challenger was Pearson, who had started on the outside of the first row in the Oesterlund Olds. It was his first start in a Grand National race since he lost the Wood Brothers' Mercury ride in April. But the famed Silver Fox never had enough power to overcome Waltrip and Maybelline. He did manage to move ahead of Waltrip, but the Franklin, Tenn., charger stayed right on Pearson's bumper until the race was decided. "I think we could have won the race," said Pearson. "We didn't have any radio contact all day. It's tough to win a superspeedway race without radio contact, because you never know where you are in the race. "Then the clutch went out and I only had high gear. They bad to push me out of the pits. That's why we got a lap down." Waltrip had Donnie Allison as a backup driver, just in case he was overcome by his virus. But he never came close to using him. I thought about it before the race, but not after it got started." said Darrell. 'The car was running so good I wasn't about to get out of it. They'd had to blast me out of it." Waltrip said he though about letting off the throttle with 10 laps to go, which would have put him out of the pack and possibly out of danger. - "I wanted to get in a position by myself," he explained. "But I thought, 'You're in a position by yourself No. 1. And what better place could you be?" It was Waltrip's sixth Grand National victory of the season. We turned the Talladega trioval in an average of 161.229 mph. His payoff was $32,325, including $5,100 in lap money. He now has won $358,276 this season. "Oh, I feel good now," said Waltrip. "But I knew I could make it this morning, because I had too many pats on the back from my fans and hugs and kisses from my family to let them down." Knoetze, Spinks sign for match in South Africa Compiled From AP, Special Dispatches South African Kallie Knoetze and American Leon Spinks, the losers in the two elimination fights for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title, will fight each other in Bophuthatswana in December. - This announcement was made at a press conference held by boxing promoter Bob Aram and heavyweight championship contender John Tate Sunday in Johannesburg, South Africa. " Arum, Tate and Tate's entourage arrived late Saturday to begin preparations for the Oct. 20 fight between Tate and Genie Coetzee. The winner of that fight scheduled to be held in Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld rugby stadium, will take over Mohammad All's retired crown as WBA heavyweight champ. Knoetze lost to Tate in May while Spinks was soundly beaten by Coetzee in June. It took Ernesto Espana nine rounds of a scheduled 15-rounder to hammer Johnny Lira, a one-time street gang fighter in Chicago, into defeat Sunday at Chicago.. : Referee Roque Nova of the Dominican Republic, on advice from Dr. Jorge Tovar of the Illinois Athletic Commission, would not let Lira come out for the 10th round Saturday. When the ninth round ended, Lira sat in his corner with an ugly, bleeding gash above his left eye and a sore jaw. Tovar said Lira probably had a fractured jaw, but be advised the fight be stopped mainly because of the eye. It was Espana's first defense of his World Boxing Association lightweight championship since he won it in San Juan on June 16. The Venezuelan has won 28 of 29 fights, 27 by knockouts or TKOs, and has won 25 bouts in a row. Around the world-Sambo, a form of wrestling combining judo, freestyle and other grappling techniques, will be proposed as an Olympic sport by the Soviet Union, Japan and Spain, the Russian national coach said Sunday. Vladimir Volkov, who trains the Soviet sambo team, said the three nations will ask the International Olympic Committee at the next general session to add the sport to the 1980 Moscow Summer Games. They were losers last time out, but Leon Spinks (left) and Kallie Knoetze will try again against each other in December. The name sambo stands for self-defense without weapon. It was developed more than 40 years ago in the Soviet Union and now has competitors on four continents, Volkov told the Associated Press. He said 20 nations will send teams to the 1979 world championships in Madrid this October. Marita Kocb anchored the 1,600-meter women's relay team to victory in 3 minutes 19.62 seconds, highlighting a sweep by East Germany of the men's and women's titles at the European Track and Field Cup finals Sunday at Turin, Italy. The East Germans topped the men's standings with 125 points and came from behind with their win in the relay to win the women's title with 102 points. The ? ovi-et Union took second place in both divisions, the men with 114 points and the women with 100. Both teams thus have qualified for the World Cup in Montreal later this month. Spartacade, the two-week Soviet national sports championships, which included 2,300 foreign athletes this year, closed Sunday in Moscow in a ceremony splashed with color and keyed to the coming Olympiad. Foreign athletes won 116 of the 724 medals awarded at Spartacade, in which 8,338 Soviet athletes also took part Athletes broke 17 Soviet records and 14 worlu records during the games, the Soviet Union's seventh national Spartacade. The U.S. track and field team was the single most successful foreign squad at Spartacade, winning seven golds, four silvers and one bronze medal Driver dies of injuries A car named "The Tulsa Oiler" slammed into a guard rail at Kansas City, Mo. International Raceway late Saturday night fatally injuring the 30-year-old driver. John Oiborn, of Tulsa, Okla., was airlifted to a Kansas City hospital shortly after the 11 p.m. accident but be died about 45 minutes later of massive internal injuries, said Bob Hendryx, spokesman for the American Hot P"! Association. er out to see what the other guy could do," he said. "I saw his transmission smoking once after I missed a shift and he passed me. Then I decided to play it cool." Bobby added, "If I don't win, I'm glad to see Al win, but today was my day." Seven cars in the starting field of 18 were running at the finish. The first five were on the same lap. The next race on the CART schedule is Aug. 12 at Trenton, N.J. John Paul won the other feature race Sunday at Watkins Glen, the 101.3-mile Trans-Am of America Auto race. With the win, Paul, from Atlanta, Ga., clinched the national Trans-Am driving championship this season. Sunday morning, actor Paul Newman won his fourth Car Club of America B Sedan division race. IMSA Peter Gregg of Jacksonville, Fla., won his seventh victory of 1979 in the International Motor Sports Association national championship at Portland, Ore. Gregg started his Turbo Porsche 935 from the pole position and led throughout the 100-mile Winston GT competition at Portland International Raceway. His average speed of 99.523 mph for 51 laps was a raceway record. Gregg set the old record of 97.260 mph last year in winning the same event. 12-BRO c t..jn i ebee Electronic V ah Year long . . .he U.S. Dept. ot Energy. cco"" ' ..... as mucn SWE "00,,y ihan"ielMuned one. rtl net to 9 more ga t than a , 3 tO 90 so WPP? u "V,ed your engine OKI ftikS' year- 9" 1 wh our Goodyear gas ON W5' need, tuning. ? rri'ge "g over 800 fuel, it "" .....i the year. mile.otoriy.ns-- - mimm than that! UucusT . BO g4 CYLINDER Standard m.r L .set dwell and timing to 74 X. .Check changing and recommended specs start.na systems . LuBricate and check . 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