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Monday, May 27, 1974
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Aifcama* TIMtS, Man., May 27, 1*74 HkVITTCVIkU, AKKANtA* Pole Sitting Foyt Runs Out Of Gas Rutherford Charge Produces Indy Victory : INDIANAPOLIS CAP) : · They buried J o h n n y Rutherford, but he refused to die. :' The square-jawed Texan, -forced to slart near the back of - '.Hie 33 car starting grid, put his '..'foot to the floor, barreled out of "the pack right from the slart - »nd--wih some help from A.J. -.v'Foyt's gearbox and Bobby Un- i-vser's empty gas tank--won an V'unusually placid Indianapolis '·'iOO-mile auto race Sunday. ·-« "I always said if 1 ever fin- 'ished this race I'd cither win it "'or finish in the top three. This year 1 finished it and 1 won it," . said Rutherford, who was in - the lop three almost before the : 'field had a chance to stretch it- self out over the Vh mill asphalt course. Rutherford was relegated to 25th place in the lineup--his worst slart sice his rookie try n 1963--because he didn't get a chance to qualify on the first da.v of the t r i a l s . Still, he wcunrf up with the second-best qualifying time, next to Foyt. It was Fcyt and Rutherford for most of the race--Foyt starting from the pole position he'd won with his 191.63Z miles per hour qualifying speed. But an oil leak with about 4( laps lo go black-flagged Foyt from the race and tossed it up for grabs between Rutherford Bobby Unser, and, for a while Bobby's younger brother Al, vho won here in 1070 and 1971. Bobby, the 1968 Indy winner and victor at the California 500 and Trenton 200 earlier this year, said he lost the race be- :ause of a miscalculation and tire trouble. "Rutherford just outran us at the end, 1 ' Bobby Unser said. "As far as I'm concerned, we ran well. I'm not m a k i n g any excuses. "Of course," he added, "running out of fuel before the second pit stop didn't help. But that's the way things go." His car owner and team man ager, Dan Gurney, said, "We lost 47 seconds on that second pit slop and then we lost 25 sec- nds later when the air wrench or the right rear tire didn't work and we couldn't change :he tires." Fuel, decreased from 350 to 280 gallons of methanol for the race, was a key problem for many of the drivers, including Rutherford. His crew said he wound up with only a bit more than six gallons left. COMPLETELY OUT However, only Lloyd Ruby, known as the hard luck guy at Indy ran completely out of fuel He coasted into the pits after completing 199 laps and wound up ninth. Rutherford, 36, from Fo: Worth, led 122 of the 200 laps| on the f a m e d race course. He' averaged 158.589 miles an hour for the 3 hour. 9 minute race, well before Mark Donohue's 1972 record run at 162.962 Despite his spot in the ninth row, Rutherford said he "never felt so confident, "I worked my way up cautiously," he said. "I was surprised that I gained ground through the pack that quickly." A crowd exceeding 300,000 watched the almost routine race, a distinct contrast from last year's death-and-rain-marred event in which Swede Savage and a pit crewman were killed. Salt Walther--who raced again Sunday--was critically burned along with several spectators and the race was de- ayed three days by constant showers last year. Another driver. Art Pollard, also was killed in practice that month. That race and the ensuing uproar led to the fuel limit being cut, alterations on the race cars and several changes in the Speedway track. FOYT DROPS OUT Rutherford said he was both happy and sad to see Foyt drop out early. "I haled to see him go out of the race with mechanical problems, bul I was happy not to have to worry about him. If he had stayed In the race, it would have been tooth and nail because 1 was ready.' 1 "I had my doubts when we started so far back, but everything worked out great. Bul that one lap was the only one I wanted to lead--the last one," said Rutherford. He dedicated this race lo his father. "He is 61 years old and has cancer. He has always been interested in my career but this year he couldn't make it." There were seven yellow cau tion light periods totaling 3 minutes and 21 seconds, bul none was flashed because of a serious accident. , Unofficial Standings Released For Indy 500 E. Mew Mexico NAIA Champs ·v INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -'Unofficial final standings of the ··'58th Indianapolis 500-mile race, "; w i t h driver, hometown, car ;* number, car speed or laps com- r}:pleted and reason for Uie elimi- ' - nation, where available: ; 1. Johnny Rutherford, Fort · Worth, Tex.. No. 3. McLaren Offy, 200 laps. 158.589 m.p.h. 2. Bobby Unser, Albuquerque. ·N.M., No". 48, Eagle-Offy. 200 -/. laps. 3. Bill Vukovich. Fresno, Calif.. No. 4, Eagle-Offy. 199 laps. 4. Gordon Johncock. Phoenix, Ariz., No. 20, Eagle-Offy, 199 laps. 5. David Hobbs, Upper Bod dington. England, No. 73. McLartn-Offy, 196 laps. 6. Jim McElrealh. Arlington Tex., No. 45, Eagle-Offy, 195 .laps. · ' ' . " · 7. Pancho Carter, Huntington - Beach, Calif., No. 11, Eagle \ . Offy. 199 laps. B. Bob Harkeq, Indianapolis ·'. No. 79. Eagle-Foyt, 190 laps. 9. Lloyd Ruby. Wichita Falls Tex., laps. 9. Eaglc-Offy. 18' 10. Jerry Grant. Irvine, Ca lif.. No. 55. Eagle-Offy, 17o laps. 11. John Martin, Long Beach Calif., No. 89, McLaren-Offy 169 laps. 12. Tom Bigelow, Whitewater Wis., No. 27, Vollstedt-Offy, 16; laps. 13. Bill Simpson, Hermosa Beach. Calif., No. 18, Eagle Offy, 162 laps. 14. Mike Hiss. Tustin, Calif., No. 68, McLaren-Offy. 159 laps. 15. A.J. Foyt Jr.. Houston. Tex.. No. 14, Coyote-Foyl, 141 laps, transmission trouble. 16. Roger McCluskey, Tucson, Ariz., No. 1, Riley-Offy, 141 laps, gear box failure. 17. Salt Walther. Dayton Ohio, No. 77, McLaren-Offy, 14! aps. 18. Al Unser, Albuquerque \'.M., No. 15. Eagle-Offy, 131 aps, broken valves. 19. Jerry Karl, Manchester 'a., No. 42, Eagle-Offy. 115 aps, hit wall in No. 3 turn. 20. Tom Sneva, Sprague Wash., No. 2-J, Kingfish-Offy, 9 aps, broken rear suspension. 21. Jan Opperman. Beave: Crossing. Neb., No. 51. Par nelli-Offy, 85 laps, blew lire am' spun in turn No. 4. 22. Steve Krisiloff. Parsippa ny. N.J., No. 60, Eagle-Offy. 7 aps, broken clutch. 23. Jimmy Caruthcrs, Ana heim. Calif.,' No. 21. Eagle-Off 34 laps, engine trouble. 24. Larry Cannon. Danville III., No. 59. Eagle-Offy, 49 l a p s engine trouble. 25. Jim Hurlubise, In dianapolis, No. 56, McLaren Offy, 31 laps, blown engine. 26. Johnny Parsons, In dianapolis. No. 94. Finley-Offy 18 laps, broken supercharger. 27. Rick Mulher, Lagun Beach. Calif., No. 61, Coyole Foyl, 11 laps, blown piston. 28. George Snider, Bak ersfield, Calif.. No. 82. Atlanta Foyt, 7 laps, broken engine. 29. Mike Moslty Clermon Ind.. No. 98, Eagle-Offy. 6 lap blown engine. 30. Wally Dallenbach, Ea: Brunswick, N.J.. No. 40. Eagle Offy, 3 laps, broken chassis, 31. Mario Andretli. Nazareth Pa.. No. 5, Eagle-Offy, 3 lap burned piston. 32. G a r y Bettenhausen Mo rovia, Ind.. No. 8, McLare Offy, 2 laps, engine trouble. 33. Dick Simon. Salt Lak City. Utah. No. 44. Eagle-Foy 1 Ian burned valve. n Arkadelphia Affair ARKADELPHIA, Ark. ( A P ) -- Talk ahout rags to riches lories. Less than 3 years ago fiast- rn New Mexico's track team an on a peanut field. The field nas scrapped and string was sed to m a r k the lanes. Now, the C7reyhounds are \!AIA track and field cham- ions. They won the title Satur- ay night at Arkadelphia by ominating the distance events. It might be more accurate to ay thai the Western Branch of he University of Kenya won he championship. The Greyhounds scored 67 points. Mike Boit, Phillip Ndoo, 'om Boitt, and Jim Mendich -ill natives of Kenya --accounted for 60 points. Southern California College inished second with 58 points Soulheast Louisiana, Fisk Uni versity and Fort Hayes, Kans. each had Z9 poinls. Southern California look a 58 53 lead late in the competition when Jack Causey won the higl ump. Ndoo clinched the clwm ionship in appropriate fashion ireaking the NAIA record in the 6-mile run by more lhan 15 Pacing Classic DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) -- A record number of yearlings has been named for the 31st Littli Brown Jug pacing classic ii 1976. Henry C. Thompson, presi denl of Ihe Liltle Brown Ju Society, and Grand Circui Race Secretary Tom Thomso disclosed Monday that 2,13 year-old horses have bee named for the 1976 renewal one leg of the triple crown of I year-old pacing. cconds. ENM Coach Bill Silverberg aid he made his first t r i p to cnya in 1965 with a U.S. track earn. He maintained a corre- pondence wilh Kip Keino and "one thing led to anthers and ther. He first landed a hurdler who old him about Ndoo. Ndoo outed him on Boit, Silverberg migrated to ENM rom Wayne Stale College six ears ago. When 1 first went lo look at he school, didn't have a rack, but I was promised one " he said. "It s to get the ;ar, yean he next yea, ook four ye rack. We actually ran meets jn a peanut field -- Portales is mown as the peanut capital of he world. It's amazing what quality athletes will go through or Ihe chance to compete." .DIFFICULT ROAD The road to Arkadelphia was a difficult one. A financial problem at ENM some good places to compete." The Greyhounds prepared for Lhcir rigorous schedule in the NAIA by following a similar schedule at the Drake relays and Kansas relays. Boit, Ndoo and Dennis Williams finished 1-2-5 in the 11- mile run on Friday night. Boit and Mendich were 1-3 in the mile-run Saturday night. Ndoo and Boitt were 1-4 in the 3,000- meter steeple - chase iJaturday night and Ndoo and Williams were 1-4 in Ihe 6-mile. In addilion, Boit was a disappointing fifth in the 880-yard run Saturday night. Silverberg was asked about the Kenyans' seemingly tireless ability to run. standing athlete in after establishing the a meet NAIA record of 26-614 in Ihe long lump and winning the triple jump. The only other record was set in the marathon where Wisconsin Parkside's Lucian Rosa broke his own mark wilh a 2.22:54.2 clocking. James tillkes of Fisk University joined Ndoo, Boit and Owjsu as a double winner wilh viclories in the 100 and 220. The meet was delayed 9 minutes Saturday night when , thunderstorm, packing liigl winds, whipped through th area. For awhile, it appears lhat NAIA officials wmild can eel the remainder of the mecl The meet was completed lights available only on side of the stadium. The only injury was to Jerry arl, whose car slammed into e outside wall on turn No. 3 le in the race. He was treated r a puncture wound to his leg nd released from the Speed- ay infield hospital. Bill Vukovich finished third. llowed by defending cham- on Gordon Johncock and Eng- shman David Hobbs, the only ireign driver in the race. TERMITES? CALL ADMIRAL PEST CONTROL Rooctiev Ant*, Spiders, t COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL Call Williams Co. for "CANCER CARE" Insurance url N. Willint" Kuitiw J. Willlnm 4*2-2023 S21-HH caught the track he middle and program in Silverberg's mdget was wiped out. "We had to raise $4,000 to get here." he said. Team members did odd jobs to help. Silverberg mposed on former professional ootball star .Gayle Sayers -- an old friend from college days at Kansas University -- to speak at a $10-a-plate banquet. Silverberg brought 13 players .. two vans, driving straight 'hrough to save on motel bills. "I have just enough left for the gasoline to get home," he said, "If it hadn't been for people helping us...with motels and meals during the year...we couldn't have made it. But we've got some quality kids and you have to take them to "Their's is a rujnning life style," he said. "They don't have cars, bikes and buses. When they want to get to town, they run. When they go to school, they run." Silverberg, a former distance runner at KU, believes in build ing a track team around distance competitors. He said prior to the meet that anything can happen in a sprint and that a distance runner has ·more time lo overcome adversity. OUTSTANDING ATHLETE Joshua Owusu of Angelo Slate, Tex., was named the out- Experience In Management and Personnel Vote for 'Gus' Ostmeyer COUNTY JUDGE Democratic Primary May 28 Many Things Need To Be Done Promptly, for Instance: One of the primary functions of the County Judge Is that of road commissioner. If elected, I will fulfill the responsibilities of County Judge by personally supervising the fair and impartial building of better roads and bridges throughout the county. Pol. ad paid for by Gus Ostmeyer, Wash. County WHO IS DICK HOYT? Dick Hoyt is the father of John Monroe Hoyt, 2nd Grade, Leverett School Dick Hoyt is the father of Rick Hoyt, who works at Fisher Buick, and plays guitar with a group of young church-people called "His Young Friends." Dick Hoyt is the Chief of Police of Johnson, Arkansas Dick Hoyt is the future father-in-law of Judy Harrison Dick Hoyt and his wife own and o p er a t e Suzie Wong's Rice Bowl Restaurant. Dick Hoyt served his country honorably in two wars. He was a paratrooper with the llth and 13th Airborne Divisions Dick Hoyt is my husband (of 24 years). He is the kind of man you need in public office. I urge your support and vote for him for Sheriff of Washington County. .... THAT'S WHO! For a Stronger Congress who are not afraid to take responsibility tor the tuture of this country." ELECT BILL CLINTON Your 3rd District Congressman IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM, CALL ME AT 442-2222 Pol. Adv. Pd. by "Stoic" VioUt Hoyt

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