The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 19, 1966 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 19, 1966
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(Mi.) &ur!»r Km - rrHay, August 1>, MM- Page levea Speed Ace Moves to Town: Perfect Place to Live NOSING MY CAR OFF WTH STREET AND ONTO Hirdln, I h«d the Impression I was on my way to see a ipeed boat driver Instead of a sprint car ace. Water lapped over the curb. "You ihould've seen it yesterday," Wayne Woodward itid, "It was standing in our garage." Not a very pleasant welcome for a new family in town but Wayne wasn't barking about it. He realizes that a two- point-something measure of rain fell during the night Tuesday and that up ahead a few blocks workers had the sewer sealed off to complete the enormous drainage project. *'•*.* Woodward was in the garage working on No. 88. I was not surprised. If I'd found him out back puttering in a rose garden I wouldn've been surprised. It would've been an interesting picture, the stock car jockey with a fistful of violets or chrysanthemums but it would not have been authentic. Here's a man who races for a living, not for the fun of it. He's a professional. He lives it, he talks it, he eats it. Sometimes he dreams about, but not too often and that's good because this dream is a nightmare of fire, Wayne trapped in his car and flames licking him with a thousand tentacles. * * . + Several years ago when he was racing in California, a close friend of his burned to death in a racer. It's a violent world they live in. The sprint car runs on alcohol and nitro. "It's like riding a keg of dynamite," Woodward said. He slapped the car affectionately. "I'm not afraid to drive it ... but I have respect for this car." Tin W«w inm Htrt ED HAYES Wayne Woodward is the guy Hooker Hood of Memphis wishes he'd never heard of, but the local track managers, Harold Pery at Blytheville Speedway and Red Gill of Cot- tonwood'Raceway, think he's the greatest thing to come along since the ignition switch. Hooker needs Wayne like his sprint car needs a nimble seat. For years the Memphian has had the mid-south locked up, his personal savings account, It's not like that anymore and hasn't been for about eight weeks since Wayne came thunder-stealing onto the scene. When Hooker and Wayne are unable to make a program, some of the customers leave before it's over. When they're there, there's electricity to the air. * * * A few weeks ago Wayne drove 851 non-stop miles from Ohio to fulfill an engagement at Cottonwood. He arrived at nine that night, too late to qualify, but when he rolled out on the track, the fans gave him a standing ovation. "I thought I owed the people something," he explained. MET FANS HOOT PIRATE PAGAN 'Jose, Can't You See? 7 By RON RAPOPORT idling. By the time the inning Associated Press Sports Writer 'h=rf •"*•* »• Met* w.™ iparf. The Met fans were staging, "Jose, can't you see?" The object of their derision was Pittsburgh's Jose Pagan, normally about as sure-handed as any third-baseman in the league, but Thursday the perpetrator of four errors. The errors, three hi one inning, led to six unearned runs and enabled New York to beat the National League leading Pirates for the second straight day, 9-5. . , , Jose's three errors in the fourth inning tied a league record. The first came with Ron Swoboda on first, two outs and the Mets one run ahead. Pagan fumbled pitcher Rob Gardner's grounder and Ron Hunt promptly tripled hi the two runners. * * * Next, Ed Bressoud bounced one at Pagan, but his throw to first was low and the ball bounced up against Donn Clen denon's unsuspecting chin as Hunt raced home. Then came a soft bouncer by Clebn Jones that the intrepid Pagan grabbed, then lost. Jones was picked off first, though, ending the inning with the Mets ahead 6-2. Pagan's first error came when Hunt, leading off the Mets' first, hit a hard grounder which Jose had trouble han- ing 3-0. New York Manager Wes Westrum viewed the situation with unconcealed glee. "We've been beating ourselves with errors against the Pirates all season," Westrum said. "This time, we did the same thing to them." * * * In the only other National League games, Houston edged Cincinnati 54 and Los Angeles clipped St. Louis 3-1. Pittsburgh's loss left the club just one percentage point ahead of the idle San Francisco Giants in the battle for the league lead. Bill Mazeroski hit two homers for the Pirates, while Jerry May hit the first of his career and Clendenon is 20th of the sea- opened the gates for the two runs that gave Houston the victory. Johnny Edwards homered for the Reds. Don Drysdale scattered six hits and picked up his ninth win for the Dodgers. Willie Davis homered and Jim Lefebvre drove in two runs with singles. By HAL BOCK Associated Press. Sports Writer straight victory over California after the Angels had won 11 of the first 12 games the clubs played this season. * * * Cesare Tovar drove in three Minnesota runs with a pair of hits and was the middle man on the first triple play in the Twins' six-year history. It happened in tne second inning with Norm Siebern and Ed Kirkpatrick on base. Frank Malzone grounded to Rich Rol son. . Errors by Tommy Helms and Pete Roae in the eighth inning Thurs. *'$ iiiiiiiiiiiigiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiviniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiniiiiBii 1 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITCHING - Sam McDowell, Indians, pitched a three-hitter, striking out eight for his first victory since July 1 as Clevfr land blanked Chicago 2-0. BATTING — Willie Davis, Dodgers, hit a homer and scored two runs as Los Angeles beat St. Louis 3-1. 45-Dgy Duck Season LITTLE ROCK (AP) •=• The!more than tw« Mallards, hre Arkansas' Game and Fish Com- wood ducks or two canvas- . mali(juc gluuimcu ..... „, ..„ Suddenly, Sudden Sam hasllins who stepped on third base, mission announced Thursday 45-day duck hunting season in Arkansas to run from Nov. 24 through Jan. 7. Hugh Hackler, commission director, said the bag limit will be two mallards. Shooting hours will be from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. backs. A daily limit of five and a possession limit of 10 has been on American red- and hooded margan- placed breasted sers. The season.for blue and sn«w geese has been set from Oct. 30 through Jan. 7. The posses- ision and 'daily limit will be * * , . t '• five with shooting legal from 30 Last year Arkansas aucn , minuteg betc>re SUI , r j 5e to sun . hunters had a 40-day season, a one mallard limit and could net start hunting until sunrise. The daily bag limit will be four ducks, but may not include Trqvs Get Stopped LITTLE ROCK (AP) - El Paso 'snapped Arkansas' four- game winning streak Thursday night, 3-2. The Sun Kings got the winning run in the third inning when Archie Dees scored from first base on Elrod Hendricks' double. * * * The defeat chapped Ark?n ; sas' Tejjas League lead to 3V4 games over second place Amarillo, a IW winner over Albuquerque. Austin beat Dallas: Fort Worth W> in another Te* as League game. Arkansas -• 200 000 OOOr-2 6 3 El Paso .. 201 000 60CM 9 0 Hickman, Hernandez (7) and Hendricks; Torrez, Newton (4), Roque (8), Cecil (8) and Breeden. •W-Hictanan (2-S). rex (3-7). set. The coet season will run from Nov. 24 through Jan. 7. The bag limit is 10 and the posses- limit 20. regained his touch. It had been seven weeks and as many starts since Sam McDowell last won. a game, but the Cleveland ace looked like himself again with a three-hit 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox Thursday night. McDowell, who had been troubled by a sore, arm since May, struck out eight and retired the last 14 batters in a row. It was his fourth shutout and his first victory since July 1. "It's about time I did something to help the Indians," Me Dowell said. "I was just rearing back, letting go and praying on every pitch." The Indians' ace lefthander said he threw "about 90 per cent fast balls" — a fact that could mean his arm is sound again. "It might be the start on the road of a combaek," he added hopefully. * * * In the only other American League game played Thursday, Minnesota executed its first tri pie play ever and best Calif*. aia 6-2. McDowell won four _ with the season less than month old, including a pair of consecutive one-hitters, then, as suddenly'as he had emerged SB the American League's top left- hander, he ran into trouble. The arm miseries followed. "I still haven't proven any thing until I pitch consistently good ball." McDowell said after blanking the White Sox. "How can you duck the obviflus? asked Manager Birdie Tebbetts Chuck Hinton drove in both Cleveland runs with a fifth inning double and his 12th home run in" the seventh. Jim Grant pitched a four-hitter for the Twins who eompletat a four-game sweep against the Angel. Its was Minnesota's sixth I forcing Siebern and fired to To- ar, getting Kirkpatrick. The lay to Harmon Killebrew at st completed the triple kill- g. Get'Mil Shape" FOR LEAGUE August GAMES $i FOR 8 A.M. to 5 9:30 P.M. til Closing Per Person through Friday SHAMROCK LANES In the Iwt two month* hta eatntan have "waged •round »?W a week. Thii, remember, hu to be jorne of the money Hooker would normally bank. He hu beaten Hooker •even times. . . „ Th* Hood-Woodward duel thumped to a dime* some weeks ago at Blythevllle when Wayne bought a Coke for every kid in the audience. He ended up popping for 5K of 'em. "Hooker got w mad he couldn't <ee itralght," Waynei recalled with a chuckle. "He changed hi» right front toe three times without ever moving the car. He wu so mad he didn't know what he was doing." , „ He doesn't take Hooker lightly, though, not when they hit the track together.' Said Wayne: "Hooker is the finest dirt-track driver I've ever seen." * * * The 31-year-old Wayne Woodward is probably the most accomplished race driver who has ever taken up residence in Blytheville. . „.. ... Born in Torrance, Calif., he'a been wound cars all his We. His Dad, a Los Angeles attorney, has always been a racing nut. Wayne raced a car for the first time when he was 13. And "wrecked the heck out of it." Since then he's had his share of spins and Hips and crackups but, remarkably, the only mark he absorbed was one broken collarbone in 1964. In appearance and supple demeanor he bears resemblance to John Batten, former Blytheville High football coach I found this interesting because there's football in his blood, too. He had a grid scholarship to University of Illinois and played there two years until he broke a leg.. It was then he realized he was in college only to play football. So he withdrew. * + * A 6'2; 205-pounder during his grid days, he's down to 185 now. "I don't get get much sleep. I keep going." He has a Federal International Automobile license, the highest racing license you can possess. Which means he can compete anywhere in the world. He belongs to NASCAR, USAC, CKA, IMCA and just about any other group of initials you can dream up. Right now he's negotiating to race in Johannesburg, S. Africa next winter. Among other cars, he drives a double-A altered fuel drag and recently set a world record at Bristol, Tenn., attaining 165 mph in 8.63 seconds on a quarter-mile strip. He hit 201 mph in a fuel dragster at the Fort Worth Winter National. * * * He has driven in the Atlanta 500, Charlotte World 600, Rebel 400 and twice in the Indianapolis 500. He finally had to quit the Grand National circuit when Ford dropped out. Ford and Chrysler used to blow their cars up trying to out do'each other and the independents like Wayne could slip inside. "Now they run just fast enough to beat the independents." When I drove into Wayne's driveway at noon yesterday he was in the garage trying to put his $10,000 sprinter back together after mesing it up at Lakeland. Last night he went to Gadsen, Tenn., where they had another Woodward-Hood duel lined up. Tonight it's Cottonwood — if the sun comes out. * * * The car is co-owned by Jim Creecy, a farmer near Dell. His pit aides are Earl Jones and Darrell Vanderwalker. Wayne came to Blytheville to settle down, because there's plenty of action here and he also is in the process of setting up a business, an auto speed shop, where the plan WAYNE WOODWARD '.. . Great respect for this car' Is to build super-modifieds and Class C stocks and carry a •" line of racing equipment,, new and used parts. He figures a bulk of his business will come from the • proposed dragstrip at Sandy Ridge. ; Not only that. He likes Blytheville. Better than Cali- • fornia. "You don't feel so smothered here," he said. "The people are friendly. I think this is the ideal place to live." ' Recently in Greenfield, Tenn., he was in the same business but here he has a chance to be his own boss. * . * * - - : He has a family to think about now also. His beautiful blonde wife (they've been married a week) has two children by a former marriage, Ken, 4, and Kevin, seven months, and that made Wayne start thinking about the future in a ; hurry. A race driver doesn't stay on top forever. Or from season to season, even. "Someone always comes along who's better than you." Wayne is gazing toward the future. For him, he feels it's in Blytheville all the way. Ben Hogan Clubs (Custom Fitted) Hogan Bags by Burton foot/or Golf Shoes (Special Order) Men's Golf Shirts (Catalina) Ladies Golf Blouses (Catalina) THE PRO SHOP Blytheville Country Club Bob Boyd, Pro. Pro Shop Merchandise Only ' Campus Style Leaders From R.D. Hughes Co. A h.i.s MODNICK SLACKS h.i.s ROUND UP JACKET v \ SAY, THEM, OLD HOT* Our Madniek slacks from h.i.s. are jelly right for F»ll. h.i.s. took the London look and shook the U.S.A. $o, shake it up, baby- Make it in Modnick slacks that swing low with a wide belt and flashing buckle. 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